Aerial view of Tsaus Mountains in the Diamond Restricted Area (2017)
|Elevation||1,107 m (3,632 ft)|
|Isolation||11 km (6.8 mi)|
Seen from the northern aerial view its shape looks like the greek letter Omega ω. The Tsaus Mountains have a horizontal layered structure and its expansion is about 11 km × 11 km.
The bushes to be found in the mountains just survive because of the mist, which sometimes is formed above the cold Atlantic and then during daytime drifts far into the desert. The few Camel Thorn trees take their water from deep underground accumulations.
On a botanical expedition in the year 1995 Steven Hammer and some comrades discovered a yet unknown type of Lithops within the Tsaus Plateau area. Because of this isolated area along the southern edge of the Tsaus Plateau they called this species Lithops hermetica.
S. Porembski, W. Barthlott (Hrsg.): Inselbergs: Biotic Diversity of Isolated Rock Outcrops in Tropical and Temperate Regions. In: Ecological Studies, Nr. 146, Springer, Berlin/Heidelberg 2000, ISBN 978-3-642-64120-6.
- Namibia Travel Map. Kunth-Verlag, München 2017, ISBN 978-3-95504-578-4.
- Tsaus auf Mapcarta
- Fog desert Namib
- Rainfall in nearby Lüderitz
- Camel Thorn trees have roots reaching 60 m in depth.
- Little Sphaeroid Press:Steven Hammerretrieved 28. October 2018
- Lithops of Namibia, by Roy Earle & Janice Round with assistance from Frikkie and Hilde Mouton, Lithopsfoundation Namibia
- Encyclopedia of succulents: Lithops hermetica retrieved 28. October 2018