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Algodones Dunes


The Algodones Dunes is a large erg located in the southeastern portion of the U.S. state of California, near the border with Arizona and the Mexican state of Baja California. The field is approximately 45 miles long by 6 miles wide and extends along a northwest-southeast line that correlates to the prevailing northerly and westerly wind directions. The name "Algodones Dunes" refers to the entire geographic feature, while the administrative designation for that portion managed by the Bureau of Land Management is the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area. The Algodones Dunes are split into many different sections. These sections include Glamis, Gordon's Well, Buttercup, Midway, and Patton's Valley. Although the Spanish word algodones translates to the English word cotton, the name Algodones is a corruption of the Spanish and English names of the Yuman tribe that once dwelt nearby.

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Geomorphology (2013)

by Andrew Goudie

Algodones Dunes, California; coastal areas of the Namib Sand Sea). In areas of partial vegetation cover and similar wind regimes, parabolic dunes will occur.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Quaternary Science (2006)

the Algodones dunes, California, USA; (B) the northern Sinai Desert, Egypt; (C) Kelso Dunes, California, USA; and (D) Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado, USA. All photographs by ...

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