View of Namib desert dunes meeting the ocean

View of Namib desert dunes meeting the ocean

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Caption: Desert sand dunes. View of sand dunes in the Namib Desert, Namibia, as they meet the Atlantic Ocean. This is one of the driest deserts in the world. The rainfall is kept low by the presence of a very cold current of water (the Benguela current) which flows northwards along the coast. The only moisture the desert's flora and fauna receive comes from the fogs which condense at the coast. A small tuft of fog is seen in the bay at upper right. These parallel dunes are formed by the dry prevailing winds. The sand dunes in the centre of the Namib Desert are amongst the largest in the world.

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Keywords: atlantic ocean, coastal, desert, desert landscape, dune, environment, geography, meeting ocean, namib, namib desert, ocean, sand, sand dune, sea

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