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Recipe for a Sand Dune

From the kitchen of Mother Nature

 
 
Recipe for a Sand Dune Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 1, 2010
1. Recipe for a Sand Dune Marker
Inscription. 1. Dig a huge hole with a glacier. Use the ice to grind up millions of tons of rock and dirt and make ridges around the edge of the hole.

2. Fill the hole with glacial meltwater. Stir your brand new lake with strong prevailing northwest winds.

3. Find the grains of sand needed for your dunes that are mixed within the ridges. The challenge is to sort the sand from all the clay, pebbles, and rocks.

4. Use wind-whipped waves to erode the ridges and sort out the grains of sand. (The clay will settle to the bottom of the lake and the bigger rocks wonít move far.) The sand will be washed by waves and currents to the south and east parts of the lake.

5. Watch sandbars and beaches form at the waterís edge. Continue to use wind and waves to wash more sand to the beach and blow the “beached” sand inland.

6. Use marram grass, cottonwood and basswood trees to slow the wind so the sand grains are dropped. Watch the due rise higher and higher as the plants catch more sand.

Note: This recipe can be tricky since the amount of water depends on rain and snow. When the lake level rises the dunes may erode; when the level falls the dunes will grow. Either result is natural and beautiful. Donít get your heart set on just one level. Give the recipe room to move and enjoy the changes
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore - Lake View image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 1, 2010
2. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore - Lake View
you see. Thatís the beauty of natureís recipe.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 41° 41.193′ N, 86° 59.752′ W. Marker is in Beverly Shores, Indiana, in Porter County. Marker can be reached from East Lake Front Drive west of Broadway Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located in the Lake View unit of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Marker is in this post office area: Beverly Shores IN 46301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Whose Home Is It? (here, next to this marker); Is This an Ocean or a Lake? (here, next to this marker); Stephen Tyng Mather (within shouting distance of this marker); Century of Progress Homes (approx. 0.3 miles away); Edwin Way Teale (approx. 2.7 miles away); The J.D. Marshall (approx. 3.4 miles away); Le Petit Fort (approx. 3.9 miles away); Dunes Hi-Way (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beverly Shores.
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
Sand Dune on Lake Michigan shore image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 1, 2010
3. Sand Dune on Lake Michigan shore
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 9, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 364 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 9, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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