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Skeleton Coast (“The Land The Gods Made in Anger”)

Skeleton Coast
Artist Théodore Géricault (1791–1824)
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  • Status – Wilderness Area
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The Skeleton Coast is the coastal region bordering the Namib Desert coast. The Bushmen of the Namibian interior called the region “The Land The Gods Made in Anger”, while Portuguese sailors referred to it as “The Gates of Hell”.

On the coast gives rise to dense ocean fogs the climate is highly inhospitable. There is a constant, heavy surf on the beaches. It was possible to get ashore through the surf but impossible to launch from the shore. The only way out was by going through a marsh hundreds of miles long and only accessible via a hot and arid desert.

The coast is largely soft sand occasionally interrupted by rocky outcrops. The southern section consists of gravel plains while north is dominated by high sand dunes.

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