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Author: Thorsten Milse
Publisher: Randomhouse Struik
Imprint: Struik Travel and Heritage
Cape Town, South Africa 2011
Hardcover, 30x24 cm, 176 pages, throughout colour photos
The Skeleton Coast is one of the earth's most forbidding places, a scorched wilderness of sand dunes, gravel plains and dry riverbeds. Its haunting beauty is revealed in surprising ways - elephants dwarfed by towering dunes; dense fog swirling above hot sand; flowers blooming after a rare rain shower. Namibia’s Skeleton Coast is one of the most inhospitable regions in the world.
Over the centuries, merciless storms, dense fog banks and strong currents have spelt doom for many ships whose broken hulls now line this coastline like forgotten tombstones. Yet the arid coastal strip sustains creatures such as the stately gemsbok and the unique fog-drinking beetle. It is also the domain of the desert elephant, a near-mythical creature that has adapted to a virtually waterless environment, and the legendary desert lion, once thought to be extinct.
Life in this mysterious landscape is gruelling: only the tenacious and inventive are able to adapt to the extreme conditions and have a chance at survival. The images of photographer Thorsten Milse, who has spent years exploring the region's animals, plants and landscapes, take us on a fascinating journey through this wonderland of contrasts.
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