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'I’ve studied sand dunes for 40 years' – here’s what people find most surprising

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The Dune films remind us of just how beautiful, mysterious, expansive and changeable sand dunes can be. For centuries these wonderful landforms have filled humans with awe – and in some cases fear and foreboding – because of the apparent remoteness and risks associated with the deserts they are synonymous with.

That’s what first attracted me to research deserts and dunes more than 40 years ago, and I have been investigating them ever since. Here are five things I have learned that may surprise you:


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Sand flows like water in certain condintions... it's utterly fascinating and more than a bit intimidating.

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