Etosha Pan halophytics

WWF Abstract

It is quite possible that you would see some amazing African wildlife if you were to visit the Etosha Pan Halophytics. These salty wetlands occur in shallow depressions, called pans, within the Angolan Mopane Woodlands of Northern Namibia. They are seasonal wetlands that hold saltwater for a short time during the rainy season, when heavy rains permeate the salty "pan" soils and create saltwater. During the dry season, however, the landscape changes. Large shallow lakes evaporate quickly and once again take the form of salt-crusted, cracked mud. Because of these dramatic seasonal changes, species that reside here must be able to adapt or migrate to other areas. For example, some species may bury themselves in the mud for the dry season.
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Ecozone:Afrotropic
Biome:Flooded Grasslands and Savannas
Countries:Namibia
Area:1,791,998 acres (725,196 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
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Land Use:View Land Use Data

Protected Areas

Etosha National Park
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER