Phenomena

The Sand Sea’s End

Satellite image showing the northern extent of the Namib Sand Sea in orange red and the solid, rocky land that forms its border.

The northern extent of Africa’s Namib Sand Sea ends where the reddish dunes meet the Kuiseb River and the hard, rocky land on its other side. Within the sand sea, dunes stretch as high as 300 meters while the prevailing winds create and march them across the desert. Although dunes rarely occur in isolation, the mechanisms that regulate dune-dune interactions are still poorly understood, though new experiments are beginning to shed light on the processes. (Image credit: USGS/NASA Earth Observatory)

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