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  • Sylvie Failletaz

Sossusvlei and Deadvlei

Namib Desert, Southern Namibia.

Characterised by the large red dunes that surround it, Sossusvlei is a large white salt and clay pan. The dunes in this area are some of the highest in the world, reaching almost 400 meters.

Dead Vlei was once like Sossusvlei, with the river draining into it nourishing desert life and even trees, but no longer. Some 900 years ago the climate dried up, and dunes cut off Dead Vlei from the river.

It became too dry in Dead Vlei for the trees to even decompose. They simply scorched black in the sun, monuments to their own destruction. The trees, now over 1000 years old, form a barren forest

I can't get enough of these photogenic views.


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