This isn’t a scene from a desolate, alien planet. This is a photograph from the towering red dunes of Soussusvlei, Namibia, which reach nearly 1,300 feet, or 400 meters high into the sky. It’s a Martian-like environment, and its name translates to “dead-end.” It’s all because these dunes create a dead-end-like wall for the Tsauchab River, preventing it from flowing any further. Over millions of years, the wind has sculpted these dunes as dust from the Orange River, the longest river in South Africa. It’s one of the oldest landscapes on earth and is home to different insects and animals like spiders and beetles (And Beyond).