oa Madoqua - Paleowind directions in the Central Namib Desert, as indicated by ventifacts

Volume 10, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1011-5498



Ventifacts cut from dolerite boulders are exposed along the flanks of the Swart bank berg in the Central Namib Desert. Approximately 93 per cent of all ventifacts studied have facets indicating that the dominant sand bearing wind has been from the north east. It is therefore concluded that this wind has played some part in preventing the extension of the Southern Namib dunes across the rock platform of the Central Namib.

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