02 Apr '11, 8pm

Dead Vlei: Namibia's Graveyard of 900-Year-Old Tree Skeletons

Dead Vlei: Namibia's Graveyard of 900-Year-Old Tree Skeletons

Dead Vlei means dead marsh or lake. It is the name of an awe-inspiring white clay pan situated in the salt pan of Sossusvlei, in Namibia. Science explains its existence one way, but this author can't but help thinking of two gods fighting, one destroying the other and cursing the area to never give life again. Instead the victorious god put up walls in the form of the towering sand dunes surrounding Dead Vlei – while the forest of dead trees shows the power of the curse. For 900 years almost nothing has grown in this clay pan.

Full article: http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/news-dead-vlei

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