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Coastal

   

This region extends from the northern border of Namibia at the Kunene River past Walvis Bay, covering an approximate one hundred kilometers wide stretch of desert and semi-desert terrain sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the acacia savannahs of the northern and central Regions.

The coastal region is one of the worlds most captivating desert regions, and in the south lays a canyon second in magnificence only to the Grand Canyon itself.

The Skeleton Coast (German: Skelettküste) is the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean coast of Namibia and south of Angola from the Kunene River south to the Swakop River, although the name is sometimes used to describe the entire Namib Desert coast. The Bushmen of the Namibian interior called the region "The Land God Made in Anger", while Portuguese sailors once referred to it as "The Gates of Hell".

On the coast the upwelling of the cold Benguela current gives rise to dense ocean fogs (called "cassimbo" by the Angolans) for much of the year. The winds blow from land to sea, rainfall rarely exceeds 10 millimeters (0.39 in) annually and the climate is inhospitable. There is a constant, heavy surf on the beaches. In the days of human-powered boats it was possible to get ashore through the surf but impossible to launch from the shore. The only way out was by going through a marsh hundreds of miles long and only accessible through a hot and arid desert.

The coast is named for the bleached whale and seal bones which covered the shore when the whaling industry was still active, as well as the skeletal shipwrecks caused by rocks offshore in the fog. More than a thousand vessels of various sizes and areas litter the coast. Notable wrecks in the region include the Eduard Bohlen, the Otavi, the Dunedin Star, and Tong Taw.

Rocky outcrops generally soft occasionally relieve the coast. The southern section consists of gravel plains, while north of Terrace Bay the landscape is dominated by high sand dunes.

   
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