Secrets of the Oregon Dunes How Did All That Sand Get Here Anyway?
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What can you do on the dunes? Most people think hiking and ATV riding are the only things to do on the dunes, but there is so much more... backpacking, camping, sandboarding and tobogganing (sold locally as "sand disks"), exploring different ecosystems, walking your dogs, bird-watching, horseback riding, searching for animal tracks, whale-watching, sitting quietly, painting, swimming in seasonal ponds, sun-tanning, reading, writing, picnicking, fishing in creeks, looking at sand and organisms through magnifying glasses (bring magnets, dry black sand is magnetic), enjoying native plants and flowers, taking guided interpretive hikes (541-271-3611), rolling down dunes, and good old fashioned sand play. Photo by Dina Pavlis, Oregon Dunes Day Use Area, July 1, 2009.
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It doesn't matter how long trees or plants have lived on the dunes. All of them are vulnerable to the scouring wind. Here, giant roots are exposed as sand blows inland. Photo by Dina Pavlis, Oregon Dunes, October 12, 2010.
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