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over the Namib Sand Sea

This overflight of the sand sea, for 2 hours from Swakopmond through Scenic Air, was absolutely spectacular and well worth the time and effort. Many new scientific observations came out of the short two hours that will make it into papers. The route is below - we approached the sand sea near Gobabeb, then continued southeast over Tsondabvlei, south to Sossusvlei, west to the coast, and north. You can see many dune morphologies and sand colors across the flight. Look for the interaction of the dunes with the Kuiseb River near the beginning, the many different kinds of dunes adjacent to the large linears, the softening and shrinking of the dunes toward the coast, and the shoreline water/dune interactions.

GPS on Google Earth of our track:


Flying over dunes and salt pans at Sossusvlei
Nearly star-shaped linear dunes.
Lovely, soft linear dunes.
Clouds near the coast give things some depth.

All pics are below.

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Please credit Jani Radebaugh for all pics, thank you!