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June 2011 Runner-Up: Mining Ghost Town, Namib Desert
Contest Number: 58 Contest Theme: Black and White Lens: Pentax 18-55 AL Camera: K100D Shutter Speed: 1/350s Aperture: F9.5 

This is the remains of a typical small diamond mining town in the Namib desert in the early 1900's. Photo taken during my Namib Desert tour from Lüderitz To Walvis Bay in February 2007 with offroad 4x4 vehicles. Great Experience!

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For those interested in some history:

Namibian Mining History
During the early 1900s, German prospectors were the first to attempt any diamond exploration south of Namib-Naukluf, near the town of Lüderitz on Elizabeth Bay (aka Elisabethbucht). After a Luderitz-Aus railway supervisor named August Stauch made the first diamond discovery in 1908, and before a diamond rush could overtake the area, Stauch laid down several mining claims. One such claim, 100 miles south of Lüderitz in Ida's Valley (near Bogenfels and Pomona) proved to be a major find [3]. The German Government branded the area from the Orange River north to Walvis Bay as Sperrgebiet, or "forbidden territory."
The small mining town of 'Kolmanskop' (now a ghost town) was established to the east of Lüderitz, and at its zenith during the mid 1910s, the Sperrgebiet coast accounted for 20 percent of the worldwide diamond take. In 1920, after the first world war, Germany lost control of Namibia to the government of South Africa, and the company "Consolidated Diamond Mines of SWA Ltd." (predecessor to Namdeb) was formed.
In 1928, the discovery of Namibia's vast marine-terrace diamond reserves, just north of the mouth to the Orange River, slowed production in the north, and by 1956 the town of Kolmanskop was deserted, and replaced by Oranjemund as Namibia's diamond headquarters. With the recent discoveries of major secondary on-shore and off-shore deposits, Namibia may well have the largest diamond reserves of any country on earth, at an estimated 1.5 billion carats.
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This is beautiful work ...
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Thanks "streetjeans". Welcome to the forum!

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This is beautiful work ...
+1 on that statement.

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Passado enterrado. Muito bonita.
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Really interesting photo and love the backstory as well. Congrats on your runners up

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Really interesting photo and love the backstory as well. Congrats on your runners up
Thanks Nicole!
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Mystical scene with an interesting background.
Thanks for sharing it with us.
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Absolutly great shot and a very fine b/w work, well done !

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Great shot, and congrats on the runner-up slot. I have done the one day tour down to Pomona and Bogenfels (also very beautiful and surreal), and would love to do the Luderitz to Walvis leg at some stage. Perhaps when my eldest is finished school.

Interestingly, I was in Luderitz admiring the dunes to the north a week ago, and am now sitting offshore sucking up shinies on the offshore extension of the placer you decribed.
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Great shot, and congrats on the runner-up slot. I have done the one day tour down to Pomona and Bogenfels (also very beautiful and surreal), and would love to do the Luderitz to Walvis leg at some stage. Perhaps when my eldest is finished school.

Interestingly, I was in Luderitz admiring the dunes to the north a week ago, and am now sitting offshore sucking up shinies on the offshore extension of the placer you decribed.
Thanks Keven! I entered this month again in the "Wheels" competition. Also some pics I took on my trip. Here is the link:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/contest-voting/154339-broken-wheels-namib-desert.html
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