Mesquite Tree at Mesquite Flats Sand Dunes, Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley National Park, California, USA
Contributor:MARK LAING / Alamy Stock Photo
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Dimensions:5760 x 3840 px | 48.8 x 32.5 cm | 19.2 x 12.8 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:3 April 2014
Location:Mesquite Flats Sand Dunes, Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley National Park, California, USA
Mesquite Flat Dunes These dunes are the best known and easiest to visit in the national park. Located in central Death Valley near Stovepipe Wells, access is from Hwy. 190 or from the unpaved Sand Dunes Road. Although the highest dune rises only about 100 feet, the dunes actually cover a vast area. This dune field includes three types of dunes: crescent, linear, and star shaped. Polygon-cracked clay of an ancient lakebed forms the floor. Mesquite trees have created large hummocks that provide stable habitats for wildlife.