Borne of the Wind: Michigan Sand Dunes

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University of Michigan Press, 2006 - Nature - 62 pages
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Sand dunes are among the most rugged and beautiful natural wonders of Michigan's shorelines. These sandy edifices-at once substantial and ephemeral-are the most extensive freshwater dunes in the world, so immense they are visible from outer space. The coastal dunes are also extraordinarily fertile, supporting a multitude of plants and animals.

Borne of the Wind describes the environmental factors necessary for dune creation in an easy-to-understand format, introducing readers to the rich ecology of Michigan's dunes. Each of the distinct types of dunes encountered along the Great Lakes shoreline is explained and illustrated with color photographs and line drawings, while color photographs of the plants and animals found in duneland areas complement the story of these fragile, ever-changing landscapes.

For scholars and enthusiasts alike, Borne of the Wind provides a comprehensive and colorful introduction to one of our finest yet least-understood natural features.

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Dune Formation Types
Major Dune Types
Zonation of Parabolic Dunes

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About the author (2006)

Dennis A. Albert was the Lead Ecologist for Michigan Natural Features Inventory from 1987 through 2004, and he is research faculty in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University.

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