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PostPosted: Aug 20, 2015 01:47    Post subject: The Namib Desert  

I would like to share a few pictures of a recent trip into the Namib desert.


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PostPosted: Aug 20, 2015 03:22    Post subject: Re: The Namib Desert  

Hello Heimo. You put a smile on my dial this morning! I am hoping to experience the desert first hand next month. More photos please.
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PostPosted: Aug 20, 2015 04:29    Post subject: Re: The Namib Desert  

Thanks for posting these photos Heimo - they bring back some memories.

A must-read book for any geologist (or not) planning a trip to the Namib desert is "The Sheltering Desert" by Henno Martin (see the related Wikipedia entry).
I guess this advice does not apply to you Pierre & Heimo - you have probably read this classic autobiographical story more than one time!

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PostPosted: Aug 20, 2015 04:53    Post subject: Re: The Namib Desert  

Thanks Pierre. Now for the second part of the trip.


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PostPosted: Aug 20, 2015 04:55    Post subject: Re: The Namib Desert  

It is a pleasure Gčrard. I wish I had more time exploring this beautiful country.
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PostPosted: Aug 23, 2015 15:32    Post subject: Re: The Namib Desert  

Thank you very much Heimo for sharing your photo's of the Namib Desert. The scenery looks beautiful, and the Rossing Mountains look like a great place to climb around and look for pockets! I guess other people have been there and done that already; or is there still some exploration to be done?
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PostPosted: Aug 24, 2015 01:00    Post subject: Re: The Namib Desert  

Mike Wood wrote:
Thank you very much Heimo for sharing your photo's of the Namib Desert. The scenery looks beautiful, and the Rossing Mountains look like a great place to climb around and look for pockets! I guess other people have been there and done that already; or is there still some exploration to be done?
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Hello Mike, unfortunately the Rössing mountains now form part of the Dorob National Park and exploration is only allowed if in possession of an applicable permit. next month we have a short trip to the Brandberg, where random exploration is still allowed.
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PostPosted: Aug 24, 2015 06:41    Post subject: Re: The Namib Desert  

Wonderful impressions, Heimo, thank you! I love Namibia because of its history, its geology and geography, its flora and fauna, and I'm always delighted by such impressions of this wonderful country :-)

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PostPosted: Aug 24, 2015 08:49    Post subject: Re: The Namib Desert  

Tobi wrote:
Wonderful impressions, Heimo, thank you! I love Namibia because of its history, its geology and geography, its flora and fauna, and I'm always delighted by such impressions of this wonderful country :-)

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Hallo Tobi, thank you. Yes, this is an amazing country of extremes. I will definitely post more pictures in future. Gruß, Heimo
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PostPosted: Aug 27, 2015 10:30    Post subject: Re: The Namib Desert  

Some of the "rocks" collected during the recent trip.


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 Mineral: Quartz with Schorl
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Arandis, Swakopmund District, Erongo Region, Namibia
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PostPosted: Sep 02, 2015 04:38    Post subject: Re: The Namib Desert  

Rössing Mountain


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PostPosted: Sep 02, 2015 15:38    Post subject: Re: The Namib Desert  

Great pictures Heimo. Looks like easy access to the top of the mountain! The rock (presumably granite) looks like it is rich in miarolitic cavities... The 'stripey' rock formation on the left of photo IMG_0819.JPG looks interesting, I can't work out what it is, not seen that before.
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PostPosted: Sep 03, 2015 00:57    Post subject: Re: The Namib Desert  

Mike Wood wrote:
Great pictures Heimo. Looks like easy access to the top of the mountain! The rock (presumably granite) looks like it is rich in miarolitic cavities... The 'stripey' rock formation on the left of photo IMG_0819.JPG looks interesting, I can't work out what it is, not seen that before.
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Thanks Mike. Access looks a bit easier from the top than from the bottom. Regarding the rock formation I am unfortunately not able to give any detail information.
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PostPosted: Nov 09, 2015 10:41    Post subject: Re: The Namib Desert  

I hope this is the right thread to post the following pictures.

These are three massive specimens from Erongo, which I actually came across on a building site in the desert and which I really want to share with the members of the forum. Unfortunately these specimens are beyond my budgetary limits.

Sizes given are fairly accurate and damage is surprisingly little.

ENJOY!



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 Mineral: Schorl, Quartz
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 Mineral: Quartz
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PostPosted: Nov 10, 2015 16:08    Post subject: Re: The Namib Desert  

I enjoyed that, thanks for showing these huge specimens, they are very impressive.
Very clean and very little damage so well done the miners :-)

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PostPosted: Nov 11, 2015 00:17    Post subject: Re: The Namib Desert  

Mike Wood wrote:
I enjoyed that, thanks for showing these huge specimens, they are very impressive.
Very clean and very little damage so well done the miners :-)

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Pleasure Mike. These small miners lead a very harsh life. I am working on trying to buy the big Smoky conglomerate specimen.

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PostPosted: May 23, 2016 11:37    Post subject: Re: The Namib Desert  

The Moon Landscape.


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Near Goanikontes,
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PostPosted: Sep 26, 2016 10:49    Post subject: Re: The Namib Desert  

In search of Boltwoodite. Part 1.


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Road to Goanikontes.
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PostPosted: Sep 26, 2016 11:02    Post subject: Re: The Namib Desert  

Part 2.


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Summer is on the way.
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A quick look back.
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A lonely Camelthorn tree.
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From above.
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Getting closer.
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Part 3 - specimens collected to follow.
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PostPosted: Sep 27, 2016 03:27    Post subject: Re: The Namib Desert  

Part 3: The Goanikontes claim.


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