The surface geology and geomorphology around Gobabeb, Namib desert, Namibia

Frank D. Eckardt, Ian Livingstone, Mary Seely, Johanna Von Holdt

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    This paper serves as a brief review and overview of the surface geology and geomorphology around Gobabeb in the Central Namib Desert. It introduces the major lithologies associated with the Damara Orogen of Precambrian and Cambrian age, followed by Tertiary sandstones and conglomerates and Quaternary Kuiseb valley conglomerates, silts and gravels. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Gobabeb research station and the recent designation of the Namib Sand Sea as a world heritage site, we are presenting a map to inform and guide future research and educational activities around Gobabeb. The contrast between an ancient gravel plain to the north, a dynamic aeolian sand sea to the south and ephemeral river environments in between become apparent. These natural laboratories have attracted investigations of contemporary sand dune movement, hyper saline waters, evaporites and duricrusts and ephemeral flooding and recharge processes as well as environmental change and human impacts. ? 2013 Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationGeografiska Annaler, Series A: Physical Geography
    PublisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Print)1468-0459
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Publication series

    NameGeografiska Annaler, Series A: Physical Geography


    • Geomorphology
    • Gobabeb
    • Kuiseb
    • Namib Desert
    • Namib Sand Sea
    • Surface geology


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