Join husband-and-wife team Frans Lanting and Christine Eckstrom on a wild desert journey through Namibia—a land of exotic creatures and haunting landscapes.

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  • This video was filmed on October 21, 2011 as part of the National Geographic Live! Lecture series at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.

    Join photographer Frans Lanting and videographer Chris Eckstrom on a wild desert journey through Namibia. This southwest African country recently proclaimed its entire coastline as a national park. The husband-and-wife team, who have worked on National Geographic projects for more than 20 years, share images and video of unusual animals and stunning landscapes, as seen in the June 2011 National Geographic.



    • The geography of Namibia (start-04:52 min.)
    • Wildlife on the coast and in the desert (04:53-07:59 min.)
    • Coastal fog and plant life in the desert (08:00-11:02 min.)
    • A history of diamonds (11:03-12:22 min.)
    • Sand dunes and dune formations (12:23-13:06 min.)
    • Skeleton Coast National Park (13:17-16:06 min.)
    • Conservation in Africa (16:07-18:52 min.)
    • Tourism and environmental impacts in Namibia (18:53-19:54 min.)
    • Hunter-gatherers and rock art (19:55-21:33 min.)
    • Video: photographing wildlife at eye-level (21:34-25:04 min.)


    Strategies for Using Video in a Variety of Learning Environments

    • Have students preview several of the videos and choose the one they find most inspiring. Have students describe in writing a conversation they might have with the speaker(s).
    • Freeze the video on a relevant image. Have students observe details in the still image and jot down predictions of what the full video might address. Discuss students’ ideas before and after watching the video.
    • Pose an open-ended question before students watch the video, and have them discuss their ideas before and after in small groups.
    • Have students determine what they think the key message of this video is. Was the speaker effective in getting his or her message across?
    • Show a short clip to engage students during class, and then have students watch the full video at home and write a paragraph responding to the content or a question you give them.
    • Have students note statements that represent facts or opinions, including where it’s difficult to tell the difference. What further research might help distinguish facts and opinions? How might the speaker’s viewpoint compare with others’ viewpoints about a topic?
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    biodiversity Noun

    all the different kinds of living organisms within a given area.

    Encyclopedic Entry: biodiversity
    coast Noun

    edge of land along the sea or other large body of water.

    Encyclopedic Entry: coast
    current Noun

    steady, predictable flow of fluid within a larger body of that fluid.

    Encyclopedic Entry: current
    dune Noun

    a mound or ridge of loose sand that has been deposited by wind.

    Encyclopedic Entry: dune
    geography Noun

    study of places and the relationships between people and their environments.

    Encyclopedic Entry: geography
    photography Noun

    art and science of producing still or moving images using the chemical reaction of light on a sensitive surface, such as film or an electronic sensor.