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Spacecraft nadir point: 27.8° S, 14.9° E

Photo center point: 25.0° S, 14.5° E

Nadir to Photo Center: North

Spacecraft Altitude: 242 nautical miles (448km)
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Image Caption:
Coastline as "axis of aridity" - stratus and cumulus
clouds T23

This oblique, north-looking photo shows very well the uniqueness
of the Namib Desert climate: Upwelling of cold water right at
the coast line causes local atmospheric stability and intense
drying up to 150 km inland, including the great Namib Sand Sea.
Upwelling also causes fog banks of stratus cloud to form (upper
center). Fogs are the major source of regular water for numerous
desert organisms. Rain-bearing cumulus clouds only develop over
the high plateau (top right) and out over the ocean (bottom left)
but almost never form over the Namib itself. This photograph was
taken almost exactly 24 hours after S27-151-11, at dawn. (S27-
152-068)