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Did you know?

1. No African country names begin with the letters F, H, I, J, O, P, Q, V, W, X, or Y.

2. Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent.

3. African tech startups raise billions of dollars annually, seven African start-ups were included in the World Economic Forum 2021 cohort of 100 Technology Pioneers.

Fog and Volcanoes in the African Desert

Fog and Volcanoes in the African Desert.

The Namib desert is an old volcanic crater where fog is regularly seen. Fog on Africa's Namib desert is the primary source of water creating a unique African desert environment influenced by the Atlantic Ocean creating a dense coastal foggy atmosphere. Namib Desert spectacular scenery. Africa Namib Desert on the Atlantic Ocean coastline of the African Country Namibia means vast place.



Namib Coastal Desert


Namib desert sands and the Atlantic Ocean coastline makes the Namib the only coastal desert in the world that includes extensive sand dune fields influenced by fog.

Fog on the Namib Desert is the primary source of water creating a unique environment in which numerous penguins, invertebrates, reptiles, and animals adapt to an ever-changing climate.

The huge Messum crater was possibly created by a meteor millions of years ago reveals geologic clues linking this area to Brazil prior to the continental drift. The crater was named after Captain W. Messum, an explorer of Southern Africa until around 1849.

There are currently no active land volcanoes. The Brukkaros Mountain in the Karas Region, Namib desert is an extinct volcano that was used as a base for astronomical observation by the Smithsonian Institute in the 1930s.

The Namib Desert is a narrow plain about 40-102 miles or 65-165 km wide and runs the entire length of the 994 mile or 1,600 km Atlantic coastline.

The icy, north-flowing Benguela Current and high-pressure atmospheric conditions are responsible for the extremely low rainfall and contribute to the regular occurrence of fog along the coast.

The cold Benguela current originates in the Antarctic regions and carries dense cold polar water up to the Southern African West coast.

Namib Desert of the African Country Namibia

The desert plain takes two forms: extensive sand seas, including the highest dunes in the world 984 feet or 300 meters and stony deserts.

Vast stretches of this plain are almost bare with no vegetation, except in the south, where there is a light cover of low succulent shrubs and lichens sustained by fog. Unlike the Namib, the Kalahari Desert of eastern Namibia is well vegetated, despite its deep sands and absence of surface water. These sands are often in the form of parallel stabilized fossil dunes.

Brief facts about the African country Namibia penguin population.

African penguins breed from Hollams Bird Island Namibia to Bird Island Algoa Bay in South Africa. Gansbaai South Africa Dyer Island is a protected bird sanctuary home to large colonies of endangered African Penguins. African Penguin population was estimated at 179,000 in 1998 and is still declining despite conservation efforts. African Penguins are the only penguin species that breed in Africa.

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Africa is surrounded by water but is not an island, here are a few African Island facts.

Madagascar is the 4th large island in the world and is located in the Indian Ocean supporting a unique biology, about 90% of its plants and animals are found nowhere else on earth.

Composed of 155 islands, Seychelles is Africa's smallest country. By far the largest island is Mahe, home to about 90% of the population and the site of its capital city of Victoria.

Cabo Verde has a strategic location 310 miles or 500 km from the west coast of Africa near major north-south sea routes; important communications station; important sea and air refueling site.

Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent. Continents can not be considered islands because of their size and also by historic definition since many people who study geography define islands and continents as two different things.

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