Sand Dunes

Sand Dunes

I loved reading up on sand dunes. I found the photos first then went on a hunt for information. Since starting the topic-based part of my blog in May, I have to say that every time I tackle a subject, I’m surprised by what I discover. I had a preconception about dunes, though. Somehow, I thought a dune was a dune was a dune. I was wrong. For instance, there are different shapes and each shape has a name. (See FunFacts below.)

But what I found most fascinating about coastline dunes is just how clever nature is when it begins to make use of what the elements provide. In this case: Harsh conditions, wind, salt water, and calcium carbonate from seashells. Now what could possibly grow in wind, salt water and seashells? Storms, however, really help the process since they throw seaweed into the mix with enough good stuff to allow the first colonizers to prosper. These plants are grasses: marram grass, sea wort grass and others. Sea grasses have deep roots that can reach the water table. The deep roots bind the sand together which in turns creates stability and adds nitrogen to the soil. 

The grasses, having done their job, allow tough, hardy plants to invade the dunes like heather, gorse and heaths. In turn, these plants add humus to the soil which then invites the conifers to participate. Voila, a shoreline becomes a forest or a heathland even when full of sand. Dunes then become a home to all kinds of wildlife including birds and burrowing animals.

FunFacts about Sand Dunes (Source)

  • A dune is a loose hill of sand built by wind or water.
  • The windward side of a dune, up which the sand is pushed, is generally longer than the opposite, or leeward side.
  • The leeward side of a dune is sheltered from the wind or water. This side has a shorter ‘slip face’ than the windward side.
  • The valley between dunes is called a ‘slack’.
  • Dunes occur primarily in deserts and along coastlines.
  • A dune field is any large area where sand dunes collect.
  • Some coastal areas have a number of sand dunes running parallel to each other. These dunes serve to protect the coastline from storms and wind.
  • There are many different types of dune shapes: Crescentic or transvers, lunettes, linear, star, dome, longitudinal, reversing and parabolic.

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