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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Dragon's Breath Cave, Kalahari Desert, Africa.

Nothing is more diverse then the 350,000 square miles of the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa. With its red, sand sheets in the East and lengthy sand-dunes in the West, it meets every expectation and classification of a desert.

That is totally contrary to the scattered waterholes located in some of the central regions and the South, and marshes and swamps in the North, which are also part of the Kalahari Desert.

There is more to the Kalahari Desert then meets the eye; located in the North near Tsumeb, on the farm Hariseb in the Otjozondjupa Region of Namibia, 330 feet below the surface, you will find the Dragon's Breath Cave.

The existence of the Dragon's Breath Cave was unknown until 1986, when South African speleologists discovered it. The name of this cave is based upon the humid air rushing to the surface, giving an illusion of air being exhaled.

What to expect after having 'plunged' into the deep? Be prepared for amazing views of stalactites, stalagmites, and the largest known, underground lake in the world. Take a look.

With a surface area of 4.9 acres and a depth which is unknown, but at least over 300 feet, the lake has developed a unique ecosystem over time. The cave is inhabited by many bats and the water is home to a species of blind catfish, feeding on floating guano.

It is not what one would expect to encounter in a desert, but then again; life is full of surprises!

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