The Great Dune
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.
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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 253 times since then and 21 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.