Cary WolinskyCreated September 26, 1999. Sossus Vlei dune fields, Namibia. At dawn I chartered a small plane out of Swakopmund to make aerial photographs of the Sesriem and Sossus Vlei dune fields of the Namib Desert. The world's oldest desert, the Namib has existed for at least 55 million years, completely devoid of surface water. During more than half the year, a thick fog hangs over the coastal sands and provides the moisture which sustains a flora and fauna that is highly evolved to the arid conditions. Photographed for the article, New Eyes on the Ocean, October, 2000 National Geographic magazine.