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A fog bank obscures the Atlantic coastline of the central Namib Desert, Namibia, in southwestern Africa. Upwelling of cold water along the coast frequently creates fog banks, which are the only regular source of water for desert-dwelling plants and animals in what is one of the driest places on Earth: rain falls here as seldom as once per decade. The scalloped landward edge of the fog bank reflects the irregular surface, proving that the fog is in contact with the dunes. Weather satellite data does not provide this level of detail. Thus, images taken from the Space Shuttle will be useful for a study of the relationship between life forms and moisture distribution.