August 2, 2011

Namib Desert Dunes

Photograph by Frans Lanting, National Geographic

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

Over thousands of years winds have sculpted sand in the Namib Desert into some of the world's tallest dunes, colored red by iron oxide. The sand contains just enough moisture to sustain a few hardy plants. Not far from this dune, one called Big Daddy looms 1,200 feet above the desert floor.

See more pictures from the June 2011 feature story "Africa's Super Park."

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