July 15, 2003

Big Daddy: World's Biggest Sand Dune

James M. Clash's Forbes article Namibian Giant, is not about some future draftee for the Celtics. It's a fascinating item about taking on a pile of sand so vast it can hardly be imagined.

Wait 30 million years and you get Big Daddy, one of the oldest sand dunes on the planet and thought to be the biggest. A ziggurat of red sand, Big Daddy rises 1,200 feet from the parched African earth of the Namib Desert. Above is the deepest of blue desert skies; at its base is a sea of golden, talc-like clay. The sharp contrast of the three colors reminds one of a giant Rothko painting.

Climbing Big Daddy, however, is not like climbing a Rothko, which would be a great deal easier. First you've got to get yourself to Namibia, in southwest Africa, sandwiched between Angola and South Africa. We flew 15 hours nonstop from New York to Johannesburg, connecting there to a two-hour flight to Windhoek, Namibia's capital. From Windhoek it's still another hour in a small charter plane to Sossusvlei, but the ride, with the sea of dunes undulating below, is supernaturally beautiful.

Posted by Vanderleun at July 15, 2003 6:19 PM
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ha! HA, I say. You're fine online journalisn has handily won me a bet, about where the largest sand dune in the world is. Someone thought it was in the Great Dunes in Colorado... HA!

Posted by: Nick at June 28, 2006 1:02 PM

the worlds largest sand dunes are actually in Peru near Ica, get your facts straight. Don't think they are the oldest though they are surely near one of the driest areas in the world.

Posted by: J at November 28, 2007 11:54 PM

dude u finished my homework for me thx!

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Posted by: dj at September 11, 2009 10:55 AM

bah-humbug.the largest sand dune is in my back yard. it is one mile high

Posted by: johannessboroughdepiculatorisanfordation at March 12, 2010 11:24 AM