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The Tsauchab is a dry riverbed in Namibia which is approximately 100 km long and is located in the southern Naukluft Mountains. Since it is in the Namib Desert, the Tsauchab carries water only during the rare times when rain falls in the Naukluft Mountains and runs off, since it cannot seep into the soil fast enough. During these rains, the Tsauchab becomes a rapid-running, strong river within a matter of hours. As a result of the occasional rains, it has over the past two million years carved Sesriem Canyon, a kilometer long and up to 30-meter deep canyon in sedimentary rock.

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Last Update: 2011-03-26