Death Valley is a depression in California east of the Sierra Nevada
Mountains. It is roughly 12 miles wide and 130 miles long near the
Nevada border. The area is largely unpopulated and barren, with
rocky ridges and desert plains. Dunes cover a relatively small area
of the desert, but eroded canyons produce sand which is then blown by the
wind and trapped in other areas. Dunes in the Death Valley area
include the Eureka Dunes, Saline Valley Dunes, Panamint Dunes, and
Ibex Dunes. Dune grass and plants grow in the sand and are valuable
for catching and holding the drifting sand. Some of the plants
produce beautiful flowers. Plants and animals are protected here
by not allowing off-road vehicle travel.
Death Valley Dunes
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