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Press Release 11-190

Something Odd Is Happening With Namibia's Weather

Southwestern African country is no arid desert--this year

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Image of Kyle Nichols viewing a wet river crossing with words Photo Gallery and photo icon.

View a photo gallery on Namibia's rivers, which are flowing from the desert to the sea--this year.

Credit: Produced by the National Science Foundation. Photos courtesy of Paul Bierman and Kyle Nichols.

 

Photo of a pan, or closed basin, in Namibia filled with water and an inset showing a dry pan.

This pan, or closed basin, is filled with water--an unusual sight in Namibia. It was once bone-dry.

Credit: Paul Bierman, UVM


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Photo of vegetation covering stony desert of Namibia and inset showing desert without plants.

Grass now covers much of the stony desert of Namibia, where there had been no plants.

Credit: Paul Bierman, UVM


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View through fron window of vehicle showing unpaved gravel road in Namibia.

The scientists drove across 4,700 kilometers of Namibian roads, mostly unpaved gravel.

Credit: Paul Bierman, UVM


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Photo of geologist Kyle Nichols standing next to wet river crossing in Namiba.

Normally dry Namibia river crossings weren't dry this year; geologist Kyle Nichols stands in one.

Credit: Paul Bierman, UVM


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Photo of scientist Paul Bierman sieving a river bed to extract the medium sand fraction.

Scientist Paul Bierman sieves a Noab River tributary to extract the medium sand fraction.

Credit: Kyle Nichols, Skidmore College


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