Over 120 million years ago, a single mass of granite (a pluton) punched through the Earths crust and intruded into the heart of the Namib Desert in what is now northern Namibia. Known as Daures or the burning mountain by Namibians, the mountain of rock also is called the Brandberg Massif and towers over the arid desert below. At sunset it glows red. A ring of dark, steep-sided rocks forced upward during the mountains arrival encircles the granite intruder.
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