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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A mostly arid region of southwest Africa divided by the Orange River into Great Namaqualand in Namibia and Little Namaqualand in South Africa.

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  • The black market for diamonds, he discovered, was especially prevalent in Namaqualand, a region north of Cape Town, South Africa.

    The Diamond Myth

  • Mandela visited the region known as Namaqualand, in Northern

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • NP strongholds, such as Namaqualand and Lower Oranje.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Within a decade of establishing a permanent presence at the Cape of Good Hope, European explorers had traveled north of the river's mouth and into Namaqualand, but it was nearly 75 years before colonial hunters and farmers began regularly to exploit the resources near the Olifants.

    Belongings: Property, Family, and Identity in Colonial South Africa

  • The northern frontier writ large began moving beyond the Cedarberg to Namaqualand and northeast to Griqualand and Trans-Orangia by the 1760s and 1770s, long before frontier struggles in the Cedarberg were settled.

    Belongings: Property, Family, and Identity in Colonial South Africa

  • The second zone, the Southern Karoo, experiences peaks of rainfall in spring and autumn and has more extreme climate variations than the Namaqualand desert.

    Biological diversity in the Succulent Karoo

  • Diamond mining has had a very heavy impact on the Namaqualand coastline and alluvial terraces of the lower Orange River Valley.

    Biological diversity in the Succulent Karoo

  • The creation of the Namaqua National Park (600 km) in the central uplands of Namaqualand is an example of one such positive development, and the park is set to expand westwards to encompass Sandveld habitats on the coastal plain.

    Biological diversity in the Succulent Karoo

  • All of these species are frogs, including one endemic, the desert rain frog (Breviceps macrops, VU), which occurs along the Namaqualand coast of South Africa north to Luderitz in coastal southwestern Namibia.

    Biological diversity in the Succulent Karoo

  • As in the rest of South Africa, tortoise diversity is very high in the Succulent Karoo, with seven taxa, two of which are endemic: the Namaqualand tent tortoise (Psammobates tentorius trimeni) and the Namaqualand speckled padloper (Homopus signatus signatus).

    Biological diversity in the Succulent Karoo

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