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"Sesriem canyon" Desert and dunes Tip by mad4travel

Desert and dunes, Namibia: 72 reviews and 93 photos

  Sesriem canyon Namibia
by mad4travel

Not exactly the Grand Canyon but an interesting insight into the geology of the area.

Explorers, transport riders and early travellers used to lower a bucket down to collect the water and it normally took 6 lengths of thong tied together, hence the Afrikaans name “Ses” meaning six, and “Riem” meaning thong.
The canyon is largely formed from conglomerate (rounded stones in a sandy bed). This was carried down by currents of the Tsauchab River. This rises in the Naukluft and Zaris Mountains to the east, and flows through to Sossusvlei.

The size of the stones corresponds to the force of the water. Its easy to see from the canyon walls the changes in sizes of the stones indicating a change is speed and force of the river.

If you couldn't care a hogs hoot about the geology its still a nice place to go for an hours walk regardless!


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  • Written Oct 21, 2006
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