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Kolmanskop in the Namib Desert, Namibia

 Posted by Germain Laroche
Germain Laroche
, September 14, 2013 at 15:39:29 :: Namibia

Abandoned houses in KolmanskopDevoured by the desert, Kolmanskop (Afrikaans for Coleman's hill) is a ghost town in the Namib Desert in southern Namibia.

Kolmanskop was founded in the early 1900s when diamonds were found in the desert and became a mining town in the architectural style of a German city. The town declined after World War I when the diamond mine was almost exhausted and was finally completely abandoned in 1954 and turned into a ghost town, slowly buried by sand and trapped in time.

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Namibia, Namib Sand Sea

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, September 30, 2013 at 04:44:58

Location Namibia
Coordinates S24 53 7 E15 24 28
Property 3,077,700 ha
Date of Inscription 2013

Brief Description ( )

Namib Sand Sea is the only coastal desert in the world that includes extensive dune fields influenced by fog. Covering an area of over three million hectares and a buffer zone of 899,500 hectares, the site is composed of two dune systems, an ancient semi-consolidated one overlain by a younger active one. The desert dunes are formed by the transportation of materials thousands of kilometres from the hinterland, that are carried by river, ocean current and wind. It features gravel plains, coastal flats, rocky hills, inselbergs within the sand sea, a coastal lagoon and ephemeral rivers, resulting in a landscape of exceptional beauty. Fog is the primary source of water in the site, accounting for a unique environment in which endemic invertebrates, reptiles and mammals adapt to an ever-changing variety of microhabitats and ecological niches.

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Walvis Bay, Namib Sand Sea

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Namibia, Twyfelfontein or /Ui-//aes

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, September 30, 2013 at 04:34:53

Location Kunene Region, Namibia
Coordinates S20 35 44.1 E14 22 21.3
Property 57 ha
Date of Inscription 2007

Brief Description ( )

Twyfelfontein or /Ui-//aes has one of the largest concentrations of [...] petroglyphs, i.e. rock engravings in Africa. Most of these well-preserved engravings represent rhinoceros, . The site also includes six painteelephant, ostrich and giraffe, as well as drawings of human and animal footprintsd rock shelters with motifs of human figures in red ochre. The objects excavated from two sections, date from the Late Stone Age. The site forms a coherent, extensive and high-quality record of ritual practices relating to hunter-gatherer communities in this part of southern Africa over at least 2,000 years, and eloquently illustrates the links between the ritual and economic practices of hunter-gatherers.

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Lion's mouth, Twyfelfontein Lion petroglyph, Twyfelfontein

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