@larabar #adventures in the #easternsierras #deathvalley protein for the giant #sanddunes 800 feet high #outsideimages The Eureka Valley Sand Dunes are located in the southern part of #Eureka Valley, in northern #Inyo County
#northpark #sandiego #southerncalifornia #christmas #sunset #photooftheday awesome sky tonight at 5.30 #outsideimages (at North Park Farmers Market)
#abnerkingman I the giant dune. A pale mountain of sand appears to hover over the flat valley floor. Rugged cliffs loom high above, boldly striped with pink, gray, and black. The distant yipping of a coyote is interrupted by a mysterious rumbling sound emitting from the dune itself. Welcome to Eureka Dunes, one of the newest additions to Death Valley National Park.Highest Dunes
The Eureka Dunes lie in the remote Eureka Valley, an enclosed basin at 3000 foot elevation located northwest of Death Valley. The dunes cover an area only 3 miles long and 1 mile wide, yet they are the tallest sand dunes in California, possibly the tallest in all of North America. They rise suddenly more than 680 feet above the dry lakebed at their western base. As tall as these dunes are, they are dwarfed by the impressive limestone wall of the Last Chance Mountains which rises another 4000 feet above the valley floor.
Singing Sand All the slopes are steep and the loose sand gives way beneath your feet. When the sand avalanches down the steepest face of the highest dune, If the dune is at all damp (even though it may not feel so to the touch) no sound will be made.
At first glance the Eureka Dunes appear desolate. What could possibly survive the hardships of this area? Plants and animals must endure the shifting sands, as a windstorm could bury them alive or expose them to the drying sun. The dry surface is deceptive, for dunes can hold water like a sponge. The Eureka Dunes receive more rainfall than others in the Death Valley area because their location at the western base of a mountain range that captures precipitation from passing storms. For perhaps 10,000 years these dunes have existed
This is why the call it #deathvalley and why it is so dry #outsideimages #owensvalley #easternsierras
#camping at the #eurekasanddunes #easternsierras mid #december #outsideimages #deathvalley
The Eureka Valley Sand Dunes are located in the southern part of Eureka Valley, in northern Inyo County in eastern California, in the southwestern United States. Although covering an area of only 3 square miles (8 km²), the dunes rise approximately 680 feet (207 m) above the surrounding valley floor, making them one of the highest dune fields in North America. Eureka Valley is a basin and range structural valley oriented northwest-southeast and enclosed by the Last Chance Range to the east and the Saline Range to the west. The Eureka Dunes themselves are located in the southeastern most tip of the valley and trend north-south, parallel to Last Chance Range. According to a USGS survey map, the surrounding mountain ranges contain rocks that date back to the Mississippian and Cambrian periods while the surficial deposits on the valley floor are made up mainly of alluvium dating to the Quaternary period.They are also classified as booming sand dunes, one of only about forty worldwide. #abnerkingman yes that’s Abner on the dunes today. What an amazing place this and no one else around this time of year. #easternsierras #deathvalley (at eureka sand dunes)
#deathvalley #easternsierras #noroad #toyota4x4 #abnerkingman #bobbyg #outsideimages #travel #photography #california #nationalparks awesome trail blazing today on our #photosafari
Found this 10 foot bottle of #samueladams at the #aliens Reserch centre in the #easternsierras #lonepine #abnerkingman told me to it #bobbyg seconded it #outsideimages (at The Mt. Whitney Restaurant)
#aliens calling space #easternsierras #california #mountains #outsideimages #dishnetwork #photography #photooftheday (at Bad Water Check Point)
#bobbyg #space #aliens #outsideimages #easternsierras #snowscene