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Jockey's Ridge

Jockey's Ridge is the tallest natural sand dune system in the Eastern United States. Its height varies from 37 to 50 meters, depending upon weather conditions. These dunes are often referred to as a medano. The dunes respond to three wind directions.
What is the source of sand for Jockey's Ridge?

If you were standing on the highest point of Jockey's Ridge, how far do you think you would have to dig down into the sand until you hit the water table?

The following photos and panoramas all depict aspects of the Jockey's Ridge dune system.

Panorama 1 taken at Jockey's Ridge (484 K)

Panorama 2 taken at Jockey's Ridge (528 K)

These photographs and panorama were taken at:
35 57' 47 N, 75 37' 55 W

Click on a thumbnail photo to view a full screen image.

sound side ocean side dunes dunes

dunes dune dunes shrubs

vegetated dune dunes dunes sound side


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