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Sandstone

Rocks & Minerals | Namibia

Introduction: As sandstones are usually hard and resistant to erosion, a number of prominent and spectacular cliffs and mountains can be admired. In southern Africa, Table Mountain which overlooks Cape Town is the regions most famous example of a sandstone outcrop.

Distribution: Fish River Canyon (Ai-Ais) and other large portions of the Nama sedimentary sequence of outcrops in southern Namibia are formed from sandstone. The worlds 2nd largest canyon consists of layers of sandstone sculptured by millions of years of erosion. The Finger of God at Mukorob was one of Namibia's most famous outcrops of sandstone (before it collapsed on 8th December 1988).

Composition: Quartz, feldspars and clay minerals. Sandstone can be composed of almost any mineral species, it depends on the rocks from which the sediment has be deposited.

Colouration: White, grey, yellow or red.

Uses: Construction. Quartz is found in sandstone.

Ai-Ais Resort

Fairly basic accommodation at the famous hot-springs near the southern end of the Fish River Canyon

Canyon Lodge

Probably the most popular lodge in the area. Friendly staff, interesting rooms and an emphasis on growing all local produce make for a wonderful stay

Canyon Roadhouse

The smaller sibling to the Canon Lodge & Village, this fun establishment boasts loads of character

Canyon Village

Supposedly laid out like an African village - this tends to be second choice to the Lodge but still offers good value

Fish River Lodge

On the opposite edge of the canyon to all the other lodges, Fish River Lodge offers a unique perspective, excellent service and stunning views

Hobas

Campsite close to the main viewpoint over the Fish River Canyon

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