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Mesquite Flats Sand Dunes, Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley National Park, California, USA

Mesquite Flats Sand Dunes, Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley National Park, California, USA Stock Photo
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Contributor:

MARK LAING / Alamy Stock Photo

Image ID:

2BW10F7

File size:

63.3 MB (2.7 MB Compressed download)

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Dimensions:

5760 x 3840 px | 48.8 x 32.5 cm | 19.2 x 12.8 inches | 300dpi

Date taken:

2 April 2014

Location:

Mesquite Flats Sand Dunes, Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley National Park, California, USA

More information:

Many first time visitors to Death Valley are surprised it is not covered with a sea of sand. Less than one percent of the desert is covered with dunes, yet the shadowed ripples and stark, graceful curves define "desert" in our imaginations. For dunes to exist there must be a source of sand, prevailing winds to move the sand, and a place for the sand to collect. The eroded canyons and washes provide plenty of sand, the wind seems to always blow (especially in the springtime), but there are only a few areas in the park where the sand is "trapped" by geographic features such as mountains. The sand dunes of Death Valley National Park are excellent places for nature study and recreation. All of the dunes in Death Valley National Park are protected as wilderness, off-road vehicle travel is not permitted anywhere in the park. Sand boarding is only allowed on the Mesquite Flat Dunes and prohibited on all other dune systems in the park to protect sensitive plants and animals.

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