The Namib Desert has a mystery that hasn’t been revealed yet. This desert has dark circles that don’t know where it came from.
Reporting from BBC Travel, Namib Desert is located on the West African Coast. This dessert is one of the driest places in the world and is one of the oldest deserts in the world. The area of the Namib Desert is more than 81 thousand square km from Namibia, Angola to South Africa. At the edges, the sand falls dramatically into the sea.
Animals that live there are very adaptable to the environment. Beautiful animals such as oryx, springbok, zebra to wild animals such as cheetahs, hyenas, and ostriches that have adapted to survive in these harsh conditions run fast across the desert.
Fact About Namib Desert
In fact, the driest part of Namib only experiences rainfall a year. In fact, for several years, some deserts did not rain. One of the places that have this mystery is the geomorphic phenomenon known as the ‘fairy circle’.
Sometimes this phenomenon is also called a ring circle. No one knows where the loops from the barren desert came from. Some local Himba, tribes in Namibia say the circle is God’s footprints. Some people also believe that this mysterious circle comes from UFOs or angels who dance at night.
Meanwhile, based on the Namib Research Institute of Entomologists, Eugene Marais explains two theories about it. The first theory revealed that the fairy circle came from termites that make a circle harvest water and nutrients from the soil. The second theory says this circle exists because of competition between roots and grass. Finally, these roots and herbs form the same circle taking nutrients and water from the desert.
After years have passed, this circle has long been dry and disappeared. When it rains, like magic, the ring reappears. Finally, Marais has hunch strangeness circle above the desert due to a combination of several factors. But these factors are still a mystery to this day.
The Namib Desert is undoubtedly included in the list of mysterious places on Earth. Many tour operators in Namibia and South Africa sell travel packages there. Interested?
Things to do in Namibia
- Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia
- Sossusvlei, Namibia
- Spitzkoppe, Namibia
- Museum Swakopmund, Namibia
- Skeleton Coast National Park, Namibia
- Lüderitz-Museum, Namibia
- Woerman House, Namibia
- Cunene River, Namibia
- National Marine Aquarium of Namibia
- Kristall Galerie, Namibia