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Lüderitz, Namibia

Area xxx km² (xxx mi²)
Established 1883
Population 12,900
Population Density xxx/km² (xxx/mi²)
Administrative Division Karas
Mayor E Amupewa
Time Zone South African Standard Time: UTC+1
Latitude and Longitude Latitude: 26.64°S Longitude: 15.15°E

Lüderitz, Namibia is a harbour town on one of the least hospitable coasts in Africa. It was founded in 1883 when Heinrich Vogelsang purchased Angra Pequeña and some of the surrounding land on behalf of Adolf Lüderitz, a hanseat from Bremen, Germany, from the local Nama chief. Lüderitz began its life as a trading post, with other activities in fishing and guano-harvesting. In 1909, after the discovery of diamonds nearby, Lüderitz enjoyed a sudden surge of prosperity. Today, however, diamonds are mostly found elsewhere and offshore, and Lüderitz has lost a lot of this interest. This article explains the meaning of area as a physical quantity. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... This article is about the unit of measure. ... Area: 161,325 km² (62,288 mi²) Population: 69,677 Population density 0. ... A mayor (from the Latin maīor, meaning larger,greater) is the politician who serves as chief executive official of some types of municipalities. ... Time zones are areas of the Earth that have adopted the same standard time, usually referred to as the local time. ... UTC also stands for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Coordinated Universal Time or UTC, also sometimes referred to as Zulu time, the basis for civil time, differs by an integral number of seconds from atomic time and a fractional number of seconds from UT1. ... A harbor (or harbour) or haven is a place where ships may shelter from the weather or are stored. ... Africa is the largest of the three great southward projections from the main mass of the Earths surface. ... 1883 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... For other uses, see Bremen (disambiguation). ... The term Nama can refer to: Nama (plant) — a genus of plants in the family Hydrophyllaceae Nama language — a language of Namibia Nama beer, a Japanese term for draught beer, from the Japanese word nama = fresh or raw. ... A trading post is a place where trading of goods takes place. ... Fishing from a Pier Fishing is both the recreation and sport of catching fish (for food or as a trophy), and the commercial fishing industry of catching or harvesting seafood (either fish or other aquatic life-forms, such as shellfish). ... The nest of the Guanay cormorant is made of guano Guano (from the Quechua wanu) is the name given to the collected droppings of seabirds and bats. ... 1909 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... A scattering of round-brilliant cut diamonds shows off the many reflecting facets. ...


The harbour has a very shallow rock bottom, making it unusable for modern ships; this led to Walvis Bay becoming the centre of the Namibian shipping industry. Recently, however, the addition of a new quay has allowed larger fishing vessels to dock at Lüderitz. The town has also re-styled itself in an attempt to lure tourists to the area, which includes a new waterfront area for shops and offices. A ship is a large, usually decked watercraft. ... Walvis Bay, Namibia Walvis Bay, originally Walvisbaai meaning Whale Bay in Afrikaans, is an area in Namibia with a chequered history. ... A quay, pronounced key, is a wharf or bank where ships and other vessels are loaded. ... A tourist boat travels the River Seine in Paris, France Tourism can be defined as the act of travel for the purpose of recreation, and the provision of services for this act. ... A Shop is an enclosed location where a specific activity is carried out. ... This article is about traditional meanings of the word office. ...


Just outside of Lüderitz lies the ghost town of Kolmanskop. This previously bustling diamond town is now abandoned, and fights a constant struggle against being buried under the shifting sand dunes of the Namib desert. A street corner in the ghost town of Bodie, California. ... Patterns in the sand Sand is an example of a class of materials called granular matter. ... Mesquite Flat Dunes in Death Valley National Park In physical geography, a dune is a hill of sand built by eolian (wind-related) processes. ... Dune 7, Highest sand dune in the world, Namib Desert, Namibia The Namib Desert is a large desert in south western Africa. ...


 
 

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