Kalahari Desert

Let's go in the summer, the guys !

Kalahari Desert occupies 8% of the entire African continent. Man is accustomed to living among the sand - dry and hot, constantly expanding, threatening to wake up and move from the spot.

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Kalahari - the hot desert of the African continent and South Africa - and the biggest. It affects South Africa, Namibia and Botswana fully covers. Kalahari is growing, moving in space and not obeying human laws. Now she illegally crossed the border of Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


This is a huge realm of sand is about 600 thousand square meters. kilometers and is the variety of desert landscapes. The famous Kalahari sand plays all shades of red - from pink to brown-brown. This is due to the presence of iron oxides in the sand, but it seems to be constantly burning sun burned out desert, marked it in red. Heat in the Kalahari can reach 40 degrees and 12 to 29o - it's average temperature. Low dunes - "red fingers of the Kalahari" arranged in rows, but shadows do not give very much. There in the Kalahari and the pale yellow sand, lowlands to grow brown. These depressions are very important to the Kalahari, because during the rainy season filled with water. Desert, however, quickly sucks the water and the sun - evaporates, yet the four-legged inhabitants of the Kalahari have time to arrange a watering these temporary lakes. The fauna is rich in the Kalahari, oddly enough, and mainly due to its largest oasis - Okavango Delta.


Kalahari Bushmen sparsely populated. For these disadvantaged residents nature sand still, for the ancients, the main lesson - gathering and hunting. Just not long ago they began to develop farming and animal husbandry. But environmentalists give pessimistic forecasts: this activity can once again be limited to the activity of the all-powerful desert. The fact that the Kalahari can wake up, the researchers said the planet's climate. Now it is secured and kept sands plants, but it was not always. Even suggested that once the endless sands of the Kalahari brought wind from Namibia and detained in small groves, they settled and were fixed. Climate change, the winds are becoming more active, and less precipitation. Strolling the sand so it can recapture almost human exploration of savanna land.


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