Astronaut Ricky Arnold captured from ISS the Skeleton Coast of Namib Desert, Namibia.
The Namib is a coastal desert, the name of which is of Nama origin and means “vast place”. The Namib stretches for more than 2,000km along the Atlantic coasts of Angola, Namibia, and South Africa. Having endured arid or semi-arid conditions for roughly 55–80 million years, the Namib is considered the oldest desert in the world. Coastal regions can experience more than 180 days of thick fog a year. While this has proved a major hazard to ships – more than a thousand wrecks litter the Skeleton Coast – it is a vital source of moisture for desert life. Near the coast, the cold ocean water is rich in fishery resources and supports populations of brown fur seals and shorebirds, which serve as prey for the Skeleton Coast’s lions.
The local scenery on the ground is as follows.