|As with any exploration camp, there is a nice
diversity of people. That's actually one of my
favorite things about working with the mineral
industry. Minerals bring people together. The
people at this camp came from all corners of Namibia.
Some spoke Afrikaans,
others spoke OshiWambo.
Several of the people working in the Windhoek office spoke
one of the Khoisan clicking languages (Nàmá).
Many people and signs we saw along the way spoke German as
their primary language.
|The area around camp is mostly rolling desert hills. Although it may superficially look dry and relatively lifeless, the ground is actually carpeted with plants and other wildlife.|
|Here you can get a feel for the greenery (and
"reddery") that carpets the landscape. The red regions
are covered with red-leaved and red-flowered plants.
The green patches are green plants. The sharp peaks in
the background are probably erosion-resistant igneous dikes
related to the breakup of Pangaea.
(Dikes is spelled "dykes" in British English.)
|Heading out in the morning to log drill
core, three geologists stop to stare at the tourist
professor with the camera. Saave, the geologist on the left,
is an outstanding geologist! She has an eagle eye,
understands both field and theory, and works
tirelessly. Moses, the guy on the right, is also very
good, but less experienced. Both have very promising
futures ahead of them.
Jewels, the geologist in the middle, also has a lot of potential.
|I like to get up early in the morning, so was treated to some inspiring sunrises. I always waited until 7:00 to start the generator so others could sleep a little.|
|Sunsets could be beautiful in Namibia,
too. The dry air and lack of light pollution from
civilization made stargazing an awe-inspiring
experience. We learned to find the Southern Cross and
from that locate a southerly azimuth. The Milky
Way was vivid! It's hard to believe that the
hazy "cloud" is the light of billions of stars like our