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A drive from Swakopmund, in a northerly direction, along the coast road takes one across the seemingly barren margin between coast and desert gravel plains. It is here that the fragile ecosystem of lichens cling on to precarious life. Off-road driving has been detrimental to this fragile and unique area, if you look at the Google Earth map you will see tyre tracks across what seem to be barren waste, these tracks destroy the lichens and mar the landscape and take hundreds of years to be erased from the gravel plains. Today, off-road driving is strictly controlled.

This shot was taken at the Swakopmund Salt Works on the seaward side of the road.
With evaporation by far exceeding precipitation, Namibia's windy, arid coastal climate is highly favourable for cheap production of solar salt, due to a virtually unlimited source of brine from the ocean. Numerous pans occur along the coast while vast flat-lying areas adjoining them are also available for future expansion. The major concentration of large coastal pans are located from Meob Bay in the south to Cape Fria in the north. These include the current producing facilities at Swakopmund, Cape Cross and the Walvis Bay

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Additional Photos by Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2806 W: 84 N: 6959] (31631)
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