San Diego, CA
Death Valley's Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
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© Christine Till - CT-Graphics
The Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes in Death Valley National Park, California, were formed when the winds were slowed significantly by the narrowing of the valley and the height of Tucki Mountain. These weakened winds then deposit the Quartz sand scoured from the mountains all at once to form these dunes. Because the winds are never very strong, the dunes remain in the same place with just some minor resculpturing.
This land has an ethereal feel to it. The lighting and blowing of the wind and sand contributs to a feeling of otherworldliness, and the dunes look like velvet.
April 7th, 2011
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