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Yamagata, K. and Mizuno, K. 2005. Landform development along the middle course of the Kuiseb River in the Namib Desert, Namibia. African Study Monographs, 30:15-25


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Landform development along the middle course of the Kuiseb River in the Namib Desert, Namibia.

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The hyperarid to arid Namib Desert extends along the west coast of southern Africa. The Kuiseb River is one of the major ephemeral rivers originating in the interior highland, and crosses the Namib Desert. Fluvial terraces are well developed along the middle reaches of the Kuiseb River near Gobabeb, and are classified into four surfaces: upper (H), middle 1 (M1), middle 2 (M2), and lower (L). Layers of calcrete are founded on the M1 and M2 surfaces, and gypcrete layers are founded on the H surface. Dead tree matter, buried by dune sand on the L surface, dates to 300±60 years BP and 550±50 years BP. Keywords: Namib Desert, Kuiseb River, ephemeral river, fluvial terrace, calcrete, dendrochronology, paleohydrology.

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