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Jody Johnson

Joined February 2008

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Great Sand Dunes National Park~ San Luis Valley near Alamosa, Colorado

The largest sand dunes in the country rising to over 750 ft. The sand dunes are also home to six endemic insect species, found nowhere else on earth, one being the Great Sand Dunes Tiger Beetle. The Great Sand Dunes National Park is surounded by high moutain peaks over 14,000 ft (Mt. Blanca) and the Sangre De Cristo Mountains, and the San Juan mountain range. The sand dunes have not shifted a great amount since the 1800’s, comparing photographs taken then, and now. The prevailing winds seem to counter balance each other making the dunes relatively unchanged. Just under the top surface of sand, is a moist layer, so as the winds blow, the top layer is removed, leaving behind a stable moist layer. We have the joy of seasonal streams that flow, bringing an unexpected sight in this high desert, and the enjoyment of sand castle competitions!

http://www.nps.gov/grsa/

Taken with my Kodak Easyshare Z 612

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