Prevailing winds carry sands from
dry lakes and other areas in the sinks and washes
to form sand dunes up to 800 feet high. At first, dunes appear to be barren, but look closely.
Evening primrose, blazing star, and other plants find sufficient moisture. In favorable
conditions dunes may be covered by Indian ricegrass.
Perhaps you will see a
Mojave fringe-toed lizard skitter across the dunes. Look also for
tracks, especially of
kangaroo rats and their main
Kit foxes are
most often seen at dusk in open desert. They are about the size of a house cat, with agility
to match. Fur-covered toes give them traction in sand. Also look for the tracks of the
sidewinder, which glides along with a rapid, two-part motion, barely touching the sand.
Sand Dunes in the Mojave Desert
Sand dunes form wherever environmental conditions provide sand, steady wind and a location for the ...
Sand Dunes Formation
Processes involving sand and dust transport play an important roll in shaping the landscape and the ecosystem ...
Mesquite Dunes, Death Valley National Park