More Info about the Dunes below…..
This was taken about 30mins outside of West Odessa, Texas Usa with a Panasonic FZ50
There was a vary cold wind blowing the sand around the day we were there.
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Prehistoric man hunted giant bison and huge, hairy mammoths here thousands of years before Columbus discovered America. Later, Native American tribes, mainly Apache and Comanche, frequently camped in the sand hills where they found a dependable source of pure, fresh water just beneath the surface of the sand. They also found plentiful game and an abundance of acorns and mesquite beans to grind into nutritious meal.
Spanish explorers in the mid-1500’s were the first to report the vast hills of sand, calling them “perfect Miniature Alps of sand.” The nearly 4,000 acres of sand dunes that undulate through Monahans Sandhills State Park are just a fraction of a sandhills region that extends about 200 miles and reaching almost into the White Sands region of New Mexico.
The area remained a favorable environment for Indians until the 1880s, when the Texas and Pacific Railroad selected Monahans as a water stop between the Pecos River and the town of Big Spring. In the late 1920s, oil production began in the area, now commonly known as the Permian Basin, and today Monahans is a marketing center for more than 800 square miles of oil and cattle country.
Resembling the great dunes of the Sahara and sometimes reaching 70-foot in height, the sandhills were the subject of much speculation for early conquistadors and later westward-bound pioneers.
The dunes are located about a half-hour’s drive west of Odessa. A majority of the land was leased in 1956 by the state from a private foundation (Sealy-Smith Foundation) and was officially opened to visitors in 1957.
The park is only a small portion of a dune field that extends about 200 miles from south of Monahans westward and north into New Mexico. Most of these dunes are stabilized by vegetation, but the park is one area where many dunes are still active. Active dunes grow and change shape in response to seasonal, prevailing winds, so the visitor may experience a dynamic landscape.
Fresh water occurs at shallow depths within the dune field and sometimes stands in shallow ponds in low areas between dunes. A quiet vigil near such ponds at dusk or dawn is the best way to observe wildlife.
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