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Near Lewes in Sussex County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Great Dune

Living Sands

 
 
The Great Dune Marker image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, October 2, 2014
1. The Great Dune Marker
Inscription. You are standing on the Great Dune, the largest sand hill between Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. This is the dune's highest point, about 80 feet above the Atlantic Ocean.

It took thousands of years and the actions of both nature and people to create the Great Dune. Wind, waves and currents brought huge amounts of sand to the mouth of Delaware Bay. Grass and other plants grew, holding the sand and trapping more. By colonial times, the Great Dune was 46 feet tall and covered by a pine forest.

Humans then changed the Great Dune. Many of the trees were cut down by the early 1800's. Fires burned the rest. Without plants to hold it, the sand was set loose and shifted by the wind. The Great Dune moved inland so steadily that it was nicknamed the "Galloping Dune." During World War II, the Army added sand to hide a newly-constructed bunker, raising the Great Dune to its current height. The Army planted grass, trees, and shrubs to stabilize the sand. The dune's movement is not as noticeable today.
 
Location. 38° 46.633′ N, 75° 5.203′ W. Marker is near Lewes, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker can be reached from Dune Road. Touch for map. Located within Cape Henlopen State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Lewes DE 19958, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.

The Great Dune image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, October 2, 2014
2. The Great Dune
Great Dune and Cape Henlopen Lighthouse markers in front of Fort Miles WWII 12-inch Battery 519.
At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Cape Henlopen Lighthouse (here, next to this marker); Standing Guard (approx. 0.3 miles away); The U.S. Navy at Cape Henlopen (approx. 0.4 miles away); Delaware Breakwater Quarantine Station (approx. one mile away); Quarantine Station (approx. one mile away); German Submarine at Cape Henlopen (approx. one mile away); The Ever Changing Cape Henlopen (approx. 1.3 miles away); Delaware’s Beachnesters (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewes.
 
Categories. Environment
 
View of Delaware Bay from the Great Dune. image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, October 2, 2014
3. View of Delaware Bay from the Great Dune.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 26, 2014, by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. This page has been viewed 229 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 26, 2014, by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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