Namibia, desert and ocean

23 October, 2012 0 Comments

Namibia by Safariafrica

When one compares a political map of Europe with another of Africa, begins to understand that Europe’s borders have emerged after the tensions of the story. In Africa the margins state seem to be designed with a ruler caused by the whim of some strangers in the distant capital of the West, though not for this reason its history has been less painful.

Today we will visit Namibia, which is located in southern Africa, faced with the Atlantic, below Angola. It was the last African nation to gain its independence. Namibia is wild and tough as few other regions are left on the planet. Practically the entire country is covered by a aridity that requires of every creature the best of himself for his survival. But at the same time, the breath of the ocean causes big wet bags that help the germination of life.

The two great deserts of Namibia are the Namib and the Kalahari:

– The Namib Desert, one of the oldest and most inhospitable of the Earth, extends parallel to the coast, giving the country its name. In language of Hottentots, ‘Namib’ serves to designate the dunes. In a very difficult area it is surprising to discover a large number of animal species, including small mammals, particularly rodents. Here all his life depends on the moist breath of the Atlantic. Since the ocean moves inland, almost daily, a thick fog, carrying the water necessary for the survival of flora and fauna.

– The Kalahari Desert is an arid region, with high temperatures and low rainfall. But these extreme conditions do not prevent the presence of an interesting fauna and an extensive flora that remind us that, in reality, the Kalahari is not a true desert, but also a region with similar characteristics. The entire territory extends to occupy seventy percent of Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa, but it is the sector that is within the limits of Namibia which was selected as a candidate to become one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Its name comes from the Tswana Kgalagadi voice, which can be translated as “great thirst”.

In the north of the country, we find the oddly named Skeleton Coast. Along this coast rusty remains of boats and aircraft are mixed with the bones of the dead whales.

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