SEPTEMBER 2018

Namib Sand Sea

Namibia

Covering over three million hectares, Namib Sand Sea is the world's only coastal desert. Composed of an ancient and a younger active dune system, the sea of red sand relies on fog as its primary source of water to support a broad variety of endemic invertebrates, reptiles and mammals that have adapted to this unique environment. The desert is believed to have been formed by the erosion of materials thousands of kilometers away that have been carried by river, ocean current and wind to create a sandscape of exceptional beauty, accented by gravel plains, coastal flats, rocky hills, inselbergs, a coastal lagoon and ephemeral rivers.