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Blowout that was studied at Kitchel-Lindquist dune preserve

The Evolution of the Kitchel-Lindquist Blowouts

Mentored by: James Karsten
Team: Gabe LePage, Michael Messina, Danny Shisler, Jory Smith

Report Abstract: The Kitchel-Lindquist Dune Preserve is a largely unstudied area near Grand Haven, MI. To begin to understand how the dunes are changing and their history, we studied the sand movement and the vegetation on two large blowouts near the parking lot. We used two perpendicular transects of erosion pins to measure sand movement. We mapped general vegetation areas and the blowout shape with a GPS and completed DFIs. Our results indicate that the blowouts are growing overall with spots of deposition. The vegetation is all in early successional stages. We found that the dunes are young, used to be stable, and influence each other. More research is needed to ascertain how these blowouts will continue to evolve. Poster (pdf)

Conference Presentation: Karsten, James, Gabriel LePage, Michael Messina, Daniel Shisler, Jory Smith (2013). "Sand transport and vegetation on two Lake Michigan coastal blowouts." North-Central Section of the Geological Society of America (Kalamazoo, MI), 2-3 May 2013. Abstract (pdf)