The Eerie Ghost Towns of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast

At the beginning of the 20th century, finds of minerals and diamonds made the coast the center of the Namibian economy.

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The Germans took the coast and built a small town, where hundrems of German settlers stayed despite the inhospitable environment.


The dream stopped in 1954, when the diamond business was abandoned, since the amount of sand was making life unbearable.


The town produced 11.7% of the world’s diamond production and the residents had opera singers in their houses singing just for them, while drinking champagne.


This is another one of the many examples of unhospitable land that people did not leave out of their reach once they realized it was profitable, but abandoned it once it didn’t have anything else to offer.

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