Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
Death Valley National Park, California
The Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes – Contrary to people’s preconceived idea of a desert, less than one percent of Death Valley National Park is actually covered in sand dunes throughout five different locations. For sand dunes to exist, it takes a supply of sand, strong winds, and then something to slow that wind and drop the sand.
The Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes have been formed by the eroding sand, most likely the Cottonwood Mountains which lie to the north and northwest, being carried by strong winds down the valley from the north until they hit the bulk of the Tucki Mountain towering above the Stovepipe Wells area. Although the highest dune in the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes rises only about 100 feet, the dunes cover a vast area stretching about 14-mile across. This dune field includes three types of dunes: crescent, linear, and star shaped. Polygon-cracked clay of an ancient lakebed forms the floor. Mesquite trees have created large hummocks that provide stable habitats for wildlife.
So nice, I had to go back the next morning too…