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The World’s Oldest Desert

By Linda Tancs

Known as the world’s oldest desert, the Namib (meaning “vast place”) in Namibia includes a national park that is home to one of the largest game reserves in Africa. Due to its slope towards the Atlantic Ocean, a fog blankets the dunes and allows certain species to thrive and adapt to its arid conditions. One of those species is the welwitschia plant, described by Charles Darwin as the “platypus of the plant kingdom.” Of all its wonders, perhaps the most photographed are the red and gold sand dunes at southern Namib, reaching a height of 1,000 feet at Sossusvlei.

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