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Chromatic Rain in the Namib Desert - nature soundscape -

Chromatic Rain in the Namib Desert

Recordist: George Vlad
Dead Vlei, Namibia
Recommended charity: Namibia Nature Foundation


Rain in the Namib desert is incredibly rare and sounds fascinating. Sometimes it evaporates even before it reaches the ground due to the scorching heat and lack of humidity. It isn’t unheard of though, and I was fortunate enough to capture it. The trees here have been dead for hundreds of years, and since there is almost zero humidity, there aren’t any bacteria or other microorganisms to help them decompose. As a result they’re bone dry and very tense, just waiting to be played like a musical instrument.

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