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Dune

Mounds of sand shaped by the wind, dunes usually form along beaches and in deserts, but sometimes they're under water.

Investigate the variety of dune shapes and sizes, how life takes hold in this shifting world with little soil, and where to find petrified dunes.

National Geographic
Dry Ice “Snowboards” on Mars

Dry Ice “Snowboards” on Mars

Find out why new research about hunks of dry ice on Mars led one NASA planetary scientist to say, "Now I dream of snowboarding down a Martian sand dune on a block of dry ice." More...

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NASA
After Sandy, Not All Sand Dunes Are Created Equal

After Sandy, Not All Sand Dunes Are Created Equal

Superstorm Sandy flattened the dunes of a New Jersey barrier island, pushing its sand hundreds of feet inland. See how people used Christmas trees to rebuild the dunes. More...

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NPR
Booming Sands

Booming Sands

Travel to the dunes in Death Valley and watch scientists test their theory of why some sand dunes emit mysterious musical sounds. More...

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NOVA/PBS
Coastal Dunes: Geomorphology

Coastal Dunes: Geomorphology

The wind and other factors determine the sizes and shapes of dunes along the shore. Dive deep into the types of dunes and their distinctive features. More...

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Nature Education
Dune Migration Measures

Dune Migration Measures

Large amounts of migrating sands threaten the lives and livelihoods of the native Navajo in the Southwestern U.S. Learn about the research aimed at helping them reduce the hazards. More...

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U.S. Geological Survey
Henry Chandler Cowles: Ecologist, Educator, and Conservationist

Henry Chandler Cowles: Ecologist, Educator, and Conservationist

The 19th-century ecologist Henry Chandler Cowles studied the relationships between plants and their environment in the Indiana Dunes along Lake Michigan. Take a look at his findings and contributions. More...

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National Geographic
How to Make a Sand Dune

How to Make a Sand Dune

Watch sand dunes form, grow, move, and take over the land. Meet some animals that have adapted to life in this barren environment. More...

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BBC
Sand Dunes: Above the Desert

Sand Dunes: Above the Desert

A photographer who flies, George Steinmetz paraglides above many desert dunes, taking pictures that reveal similarities as well as unique qualities. Watch him sail over the sands. More...

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National Geographic
The Most Beautiful Sand Dunes on Earth

The Most Beautiful Sand Dunes on Earth

Sculptured into spectacular shapes by the wind, desert sand dunes represent some of nature’s longest-lasting wonders. Take a look at stunning dunes across the planet. More...

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Environmental Graffiti
What Controls the Shape and Motion of Sand Dunes?

What Controls the Shape and Motion of Sand Dunes?

Not every place on Earth with sand has sand dunes. Examine the factors required to form a sand dune — and the different types. More...

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McDougal Littell

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