Namib Desert’s spectacular sand dunes

Date:21 August 2013 Tags:, , , , ,

Korea’s Kompsat-2 satellite captured this image over the sand seas of the Namib Desert. The blue and white area is the dry river bed of the Tsauchab. Black dots of vegetation are concentrated close to the river’s main route, while salt deposits appear bright white. Running through the river valley, a road connects Sossusvlei to the Sesriem settlement. At the road’s 45-km point, seen at the lower-central part of the image, a white path shoots off and ends at a circular parking area at the base of a dune. This is Dune 45, a popular tourist stop on the way to and from Sossusvlei.

Image credit: KARI/ESA