If you saw the profile of a face in this sand dune, you’re not alone. We humans perceive random images as faces (and other familiar objects) all the time—it’s a phenomenon called pareidolia. In this case, maybe it’s just our way of finding something familiar and reassuring in this formidable desert.
Though the coastal Namib Desert begins in the southwest of Angola, and creeps into South Africa, the largest stretch of the Namib makes up the coastline of Namibia. Parts of the Namib rise in steep elevation, while the northern portion is often shrouded in thick fog rolling off the Atlantic. The fog over the region called the Skeleton Coast is responsible for numerous shipwrecks, but the moisture it brings into the harsh desert landscape is crucial to the flora and fauna that thrive here.
Born: Dec 25, 1821 · Oxford, MA
Died: Apr 12, 1912 · Glen Echo, MD
Founded: American Red Cross · National First Aid Society · American Association (20th century)
Siblings: Stephen Barton (Brother) · Sarah Barton Vassall (Sister) · David Barton (Brother) · Dorothea Barton (Sister)
Parents: Sarah Barton (Mother) · Stephen Barton (Father)Highlights
- 1821: Barton was born on December 25, 1821, in North Oxford, Massachusetts.
- 1868: She closed the Missing Soldiers Office in 1868 and traveled to Europe.
- 1869: In 1869, Clara Barton closed the Missing Soldiers Office and headed to Europe.
- 1897: In 1897, responding to the humanitarian crisis in the Ottoman Empire in the aftermath of the Hamidian Massacres, Barton sailed to Constantinople and after long negotiations with Abdul Hamid II, opened the first American International Red Cross headquarters in the heart of Turkey.
- 1900: Barton’s last field operation as President of the American Red Cross was helping victims of the Galveston hurricane in 1900.
- 1912: On April 12, 1912 at the age of 90, she died in her home.
Clara Barton (1821–1912), founder of the American Red Cross
(1881) Clara Barton founds the American Red Cross.
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