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Competing with more than 300 other places, Namibia’s Dead Vlei in Sossusvlei, stands a chance to become the world’s eighth wonder – if you vote, vote and vote.
By going to http://www.virtualtourist.com/8thwonder, you can vote once every 24 hours until 30th September, to place this natural wonder on the world’s top wonders map.
So visit the website each day, and do your duty.
Did you know?
Nearly a thousand years ago, the Tsauchab River, which used to feed the vlei as well as the better-known Sossusvlei, diverted its course, leaving Dead Vlei literally high and dry.
The once fairly plentiful water supply that fed the camel-thorn trees growing in the pan ceased, the clay floor of the vlei set like a sheet of concrete, and the trees died and dried out.
The vlei is not entirely dead though – some small plants survive from the moisture carried in by morning mist. Be aware that when you are posing for a photograph sitting on one of the grey dead branches, that it is older than nearly all the existing buildings in Europe.