Rocks & Minerals | Namibia
Introduction: The intrusive equivalent of gabbro as it has the same mineral and chemical composition. Dolerite is found in either sills, sheet-like compositions that intrude horizontally, and dykes, which are vertical or inclined features.
Distribution: Dolerite is harder than surrounding sedimentary rock and can resist weathering. Flat tops can be are formed on hills because of this durability. The dolerite boulder-strewn slopes are a common feature in some areas of Namibia.
Composition: Fine-grained. Dolerite can store huge amounts of underground water.
Colouration: A very hard, dark grey rock.
Uses: Dolerite is quarried and used in road construction, often as a crushed aggregate found in tarred roads.
A scenic flight along Namibia's Forbidden Coast (Sperrgebiet) an area which is virtually impossible to visit overland. Attractions seen on this flight include ship wrecks, seal colonies and Sandwich Harbour. Flight from Swakopmund
A scenic flight over the dunes at Sossusvlei. Flight from Swakopmund
A scenic flight that lands near Sesriem and includes a trip into the dunes at Sossusvlei. Flight from Swakopmund
View a massive portion of southern Namibia from the air. A landing and ground excursion to the Fish River Canyon finish of this day trip. Flight from Swakopmund