The Namib Desert on the Atlantic Coast • Earth.com
today Picture of the day of Nasa presents the Namib Desert on the Atlantic coast of Namibia.
The country is home to diverse wildlife, including the largest population of cheetahs in the world.
The western border of the southern African country is pictured at an elevation of 259 miles, as the International Space Station orbiting over the coast of the Atlantic Ocean.
The Namib is a coastal desert in southern Africa. The name Namib is of Khoekhoegowab origin and means “vast place”. By the broadest definition, the Namib stretches over 2,000 kilometers (1,200 mi) along the Atlantic coasts of Angola, Namibia and South Africa, extending south from the Carunjamba River in Angola, through Namibia and to the Olifants River in the Western Cape. , South Africa. The northernmost part of the Namib, which stretches 450 kilometers (280 mi) from the border between Angola and Namibia, is known as the Moçâmedes Desert, while its southern part approaches the desert neighbor of the Kalahari. From the Atlantic coast eastward, the Namib gradually rises in elevation, reaching up to 200 kilometers (120 mi) inland to the foot of the Great Escarpment. Annual precipitation ranges from 2 millimeters (0.079 in) in the more arid regions to 200 millimeters (7.9 in) at the escarpment, making the Namib the only true desert in southern Africa. Having suffered from arid or semi-arid conditions for around 55 to 80 million years, the Namib is perhaps the oldest desert in the world and contains some of the driest regions in the world, with only the Atacama Desert in Western South America to challenge it for the benchmarks of age and aridity.
Through Chrissy sexton, Terre.com Editor-in-chief
Image Credit: NASA