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THE MESQUITE DUNES

THE MESQUITE DUNES - death valley, dunes
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The Mesquite Sand Dunes are at the northern end of the valley floor and are nearly surrounded by mountains on all sides. Due to their easy access from the road and the overall proximity of Death Valley to Hollywood, these dunes have been used to film sand dune scenes for several movies including films in the Star Wars series. The largest dune is called Star Dune and is relatively stable and stationary because it is at a point where the various winds that shape the dunes converge. The depth of the sand at its crest is 130-140 feet (40-43 m) but this is small compared to other dunes in the area that have sand depths of up to 600-700 feet (180-210 m) deep. Star Dune is shaped like a starfish. The primary source of the dune sands is probably the Cottonwood Mountains which lie to the north and northwest. The tiny grains of quartz and feldspar that form the sinuous sculptures that make up this dune field began as much larger pieces of solid rock. In between many of the dunes are stands of creosote bush and some mesquite on the sand and on dried mud, which used to cover this part of the valley before the dunes intruded (mesquite was the dominant plant here before the sand dunes but creosote does much better in the sand dune conditions).
ramyadevims Uploaded by ramyadevims on . THE MESQUITE DUNES - Desktop Nexus Nature Download free wallpapers and background images: THE MESQUITE DUNES. Desktop Nexus Nature background ID 143300. The Mesquite Sand Dunes are at the northern end of the valley floor and are nearly surrounded by mountains on all sides. Due to their easy access from the road and the overall proximity of Death Valley to Hollywood, these dunes have been used to film sand dune scenes for several movies including films in the Star Wars series. The largest dune is called Star Dune and is relatively stable and stationary because it is at a point where the various winds that shape the dunes converge. The depth of the sand at its crest is 130-140 feet (40-43 m) but this is small compared to other dunes in the area that have sand depths of up to 600-700 feet (180-210 m) deep. Star Dune is shaped like a starfish. The primary source of the dune sands is probably the Cottonwood Mountains which lie to the north and northwest. The tiny grains of quartz and feldspar that form the sinuous sculptures that make up this dune field began as much larger pieces of solid rock. In between many of the dunes are stands of creosote bush and some mesquite on the sand and on dried mud, which used to cover this part of the valley before the dunes intruded (mesquite was the dominant plant here before the sand dunes but creosote does much better in the sand dune conditions).
Rating: 4.3

Wallpaper Comments (2)

C.R.McL.
Posted by C.R.McL. on 12/07/16 at 10:48 AM
Dune Delirium!
Sensual and sensational! This looks fantastic as my desktop background image. The silver sands seem so much brighter yet softer than other dunes. I guess that's according to the tiny stone grains mentioned in your description. Thanks so much for the photograph but thank you even MORE for the descriptive blurb you provided underneath. Often I never know where some of these gorgeous shots are from. I thought "creosote" was the black sticky build up in my fireplace chimney, not a plant. Ha! Could be both I guess? Anyway, it's a terrific picture.
Sincerely!
Puppydawg
Posted by Puppydawg on 08/14/12 at 06:50 AM
I would like to visit this area before my last days on earth arrives....:D
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Total Downloads: 385
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Uploaded By: ramyadevims
Date Uploaded: July 30, 2009
Filename: themesquitedunes.jpg
Original Resolution: 1024x768
File Size: 852.2KB
Category: Other

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