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Deadvlei is a spectacular region of the Namib desert and one of the world’s most striking, well-preserved desert landscapes. The huge pan, or vlei, is surrounded by towering sand dunes as far as the eye can see, reputed to be the highest in the world. It was formed after rainfall, when the Tsauchab river flooded, creating temporary shallow pools, where the abundance of water allowed camel thorn trees to grow.
When the climate changed, drought hit the area and the trees died. The remaining skeletons of the trees, which are believed to be about 900 years old, are now black because the intense sun has scorched them. Though not petrified, the wood does not decompose because it is so dry.
Camel thorn tree (Acacia erioloba), Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia, Africa

Nikon D40x, Nikkor 18-200 mm at 55 mm, 1/160 sec at f/ 14, ISO 200
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Comments

  • jozi1
    jozi1over 1 year ago

    Awesome,Kon :)

  • Many thanks my friend!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 1 year ago

    outstanding capture.

  • Thank you very much Julie!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • jozi1
    jozi1over 1 year ago

  • Many thanks for the feature Tony, cheers!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • BGSPhoto
    BGSPhotoover 1 year ago

    Outstanding image.
    Bob

  • Thank you very much Bob!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerover 1 year ago

    Beautiful capture my friend.CONGRATULATIONS on the FEATURE.

  • Thanks a lot Tom!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonover 1 year ago

    Wonderful capture, thanks for sharing. fav.

  • Thank you very much Rosalie!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Vitta
    Vittaover 1 year ago

  • Many thanks for the feature Vitta!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 1 year ago

    Many thanks to The landscapes of our world group for the feature!

  • Joseph  Tillman
    Joseph Tillmanover 1 year ago

  • Thank you very much for the feature Joseph!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Judith Cahill
    Judith Cahillover 1 year ago

    CONGRATULATIONS THIS POWERFUL IMAGE HAS BEEN

    See all the featured images LARGE HERE
    FEBRUARY 11TH 2013

  • Many thanks for the feature Judith!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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