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Encyclopedia > Etosha Pan

The Etosha pan is a large salt pan in the north of Namibia. It was first explored by the Europeans John Andersson and Francis Galton in 1851. American commercial traveller McKeirnan visited the area in 1876. A salt pan is a geological formation found in deserts. ... Francis Galton Sir Francis Galton FRS (February 16, 1822 - January 17, 1911) was an English explorer, statistician, anthropologist, creator of modern eugenics (he coined the term), and investigator of the human mind. ... Events January 23 - The flip of a coin determines whether a new city in Oregon is named after Boston, Massachusetts, or Portland, Maine, with Portland winning. ...


The area exhibits a characteristic white and greenish surface, which spreads over hundreds of kilometers. The pan developed through tectonic plate activity over 10 million years. In prehistoric times water collected itself there and formed a lake. It is assumed that today's Kunene River fed the lake at that time but over time plate movements caused a change in river direction causing the lake to run dry and leave a salt pan. The year-round meager vegetation lends gives the Etosha its characteristic green colouring. In particularly rainy years the Etoscha pan becomes a lake approximately 10cm in depth and becomes a breeding ground for Flamingos, which arrive in their thousands. Categories: Geology stubs | Plate tectonics ... The Cunene River (sometimes transliterated Kunene) is a river in Southwest Africa. ... Species Phoenicopterus roseus Phoenicopterus minor Phoenicopterus jamesi Phoenicopterus andinus Phoenicopterus chilensis Phoenicopterus ruber Flamingos (genus Phoenicopterus monotypic in family Phoenicopteridae) are gregarious wading birds, usually 3–5 feet in height, found in both the western and eastern hemispheres. ...


The Etosha area was used as a backdrop during the filming of 2001: A Space Odyssey. A movie poster from the original release of 2001 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) is an immensely popular and influential science fiction film and book; the film directed by Stanley Kubrick and the book written by Arthur C. Clarke. ...


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Satellite picture of the Etosha Pan Etosha National Park in Namibia was first established in 1907, when Namibia was a German colony known as South West Africa. ...

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At night, after dark when we were returning to camp after enjoying a sun downer on the edge of one of the pans in the area, he was able to spotlight and pick out animals in the bush that we never even saw.
The history of its origin and the discovery of very early man or pre-man artifacts and prehistoric animal bone fossils is very interesting and is understandably exciting for paleontologists and archaeologists.
It is interesting to learn that development of these pans was such that artifacts and fossils from greatly different periods are found together on the surface.
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