Lake Michigan Coastal Dunes
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Lake Michigan Coastal Dune Home
Introduction to Lake Michigan Coastal Dunes
Features and Types of Dunes
Wind, Sand and Coastal Dunes
Climate, Dune, Lake and Seasonal Factors
Methods, Results and Research Students
References and Links to More Information


Introduction - How are the Lake Michigan coastal dunes changing today?

Coastal dunes are dynamic landforms—they grow, erode, change shape and move across the landscape as wind interacts with the dune environment. The section on Processes describes the basics of how wind shapes dunes and gives examples of how various Lake Michigan coastal dunes are changing.

The section on Research describes the studies and methods that have been used to measure sand movement and dune change. Ongoing studies at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park provide much of the information for this website.

Strong winter winds moving snow and sand in Hoffmaster State Park.
Strong winter winds shape the coastal dunes.
(Hoffmaster State Park in December 2000.)

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Last updated 03/23/10.