More than 3,000 years ago, where Mariental is now located, and all the way including Tses, all that veld area could once used to be a huge river with massive water, and possibly that water has now become a massive underground aquifer, possibly with more enough water for drinking, agricultural or commercial use to last hundreds of years.
My first trip to Tses in March 2012 for the discovery and establishment of Tses Glass, as we were driving with our friends from Nissi Group, I was explaining to them how unique the landscape between Mariental and Tses looks. On the left side of B1 (south bound), has this unique but distinct feature of a cut-off water, and you can clearly see where the water once reached by looking at the edge of the current land, how the water waves had curled through the upper part of the outer land, to cause the current unique isotope level of water waves as they hit the land.
And when you look at the right side of B1 (south bound), you can clearly see the plain of water, how the water once congregated the whole area, which has now become a large veld, but whatever that water was or still is, it may contain some form of chemicals or simply caused the soil not to be suitable for growing bigger trees any more, and that perhaps for the past 3,000 years, no trees have been able to grow in that area, except some isolated shrubs and grass currently in the area.
Therefore, I won’t be surprised if there’s a load of coal, natural gas, or oil in that veld area between Mariental all the way passing Tses, especially on the banks of the Fish River.
But only a comprehensive and detailed scientific study could prove my stated hypothesis wrong. It will be good to have a team of international scientists to check this out.
Namibia is richly and infinitely endowed with diverse mineral resources for the well-being of the Namibian people, as well as some awesome herbs that could be used for medicinal purpose to possibly cure some of today’s most common diseases and illness around the world.