A place that resembles the surface of Mars, which is connected to many unsolved puzzles. This place is a desert, whose name is Namib Desert. This desert extends far and wide to the northern part of South Africa and goes from southern Angola to Namibia. Recently, some adorable pictures of this amazing desert have surfaced on social media, which are really surprising.
An astronaut from the European Space Agency (ESA) has shared adorable pictures of the Namib Desert desert in western Namibia taken from space. It is believed that Namib is one of the oldest deserts on Earth, which is 55 million years old.
In a post on social media platform Xx (formerly Twitter) last Friday, Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen shared some photos displaying features of Namib's coastal desert. Along with the pictures, he wrote in the caption, 'The wavy sandy sea of the Namib Desert along the coast of Namibia. It is probably the world's oldest desert, which is 55-80 million years old.
One of the photos also shows a crater-like structure in a desert surrounded by sand dunes, which, according to Andreas Mogensen, is the Brookkaros Mountain. "A small inland tract of sand dunes is the Brookcaros Mountains. Although it looks like a meteor crater when viewed from space, it is actually a caldera with a diameter of about 4 km, which was formed by an underground explosion when the groundwater became extremely hot due to rising magma. "An area where there is nothing."
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The rolling sand seas of the Namib desert along the coast of Namibia🇳🇦 It is perhaps the world's oldest desert, stretching back 55-80 million years. A little inland of the sand dunes, is the Brukkaros Mountain 🗻Although it looks like a meteor crater when see from space, it is... pic.twitter.com/dCeUpuhEkl
— Andreas Mogensen (@Astro_Andreas) September 15, 2023
According to the US space agency NASA, the Namib coastal desert has been formed due to a cold sea current called the Benguela Current. The current stops rainfall in the area, but creates fog in the morning, which gets trapped on the surface of sand dunes and allows sparse vegetation growth in some places.
The dunes made of strong coastal winds in the Namib Desert are the highest in the world, with elevations up to 1,167 feet in some places. These dunes are formed when materials are transported from thousands of kilometers away by river sea current and air. In the arid region, reptiles and mammals depend on fog, which is their primary source of water.