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Namibia is a country of many landscapes, from the desert to the mountain lands, from the savannah to the coast there is a harsh and delicately balanced beauty. I have a particular fondness for the coastal wetlands around Walvis Bay. Here one finds the pink and green salt pans and the Walvis Bay Lagoon. This shot was taken on the drive out to the salt pans and the view is across the tidal lagoon. The flat landscape is typical of this area. Here you can see the delicate sea mist evaporating under the midday sun and the wispy clouds reflect the colour of the pink algae in the salt water evaporation pools.

The landscape may look quite barren but this area is considered to be one of the richest and most important wetlands in southern Africa. Because of its richness in bird life and varieties of species it was designated as a Ramsar site in 1995. People have frequented the edge of the lagoon for centuries as evidenced by the abundance of kitchen middens and other archaeological sites in the area.
The nutrient-rich deep-water fertilizes a very high primary production of phytoplankton, which then fuels the very productive food chain of zooplankton, marine invertebrates, fish and marine mammals. The Walvis Bay Lagoon together with the tidal areas is a key wetland in ecological terms because of its immense importance for coastal biodiversity, in particular birds and cetaceans.

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  • Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2806 W: 84 N: 6959] (31631)
  • Genre: Miejsca
  • Medium: Kolorowe
  • Date Taken: 2012-04-10
  • Categories: Natura
  • Naświetlenie: f/22, 1/125 sekund
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  • Date Submitted: 2013-11-28 10:25
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