Sand dunes saved! (Earth News).
Scientists say the aquifer needs protection since it plays a critical role in preserving the land's spectacular 229-meter (750-foot)-tall sand dunes, formed 12,000 years ago by raging winds. The underground water supply feeds streams and wetlands that help keep the dunes from blowing away. "Protecting that water is critical to protecting the dunes," says Carol Sperling at the National Parks Service.
The park-to-be is also home to more than 70 rare plant and animal species, including the Great Sand Dunes tiger beetle (see photo, left) found nowhere else in the world! Ready for a new national hangout?
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|Date:||Apr 8, 2002|
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