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Are the Sands of the Namib Desert Really Rusting?

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Are the Sands of the Namib Desert Really Rusting?

Short | 01:27

The reddish hues of the vast dunes of the Namib Desert in southern Africa are a result of concentrations of iron in the sand. Over time, the air oxidizes the sand, causing it to rust.


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Soar over Namibia's enormous seas of sand, wide-open countryside, and unexplained geological phenomena on a spectacular aerial tour over the southwest corner of Africa. Our flight whisks you over an ancient world, from the oldest desert on Earth to the emerald green waters of the Kunene River. On the journey, we delve into the country's history of brutal colonial conflicts and its rich culture, reborn from the shadows of its past.

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