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Cavendish Beach Sand Dunes, Prince Edward Island, Canada 15

Cavendish Beach Sand Dunes, Prince Edward Island, Canada 15

Description : Sand Dunes and Beaches
The sandbars, barrier beaches, and dunes that you see throughout the Park today were formed by the accumulation of sand from eroding sandstone. Sand dunes are created by the wind and waves that carry dry sand up onto the beach where it collects behind rocks or clumps of seaweed. The gradual build-up of sand that forms a dune would be blown away if it were not for the sand-loving marram grass, whose roots and rhizomes form a living net, which helps to slow the movement of sand. Once stabilized, a variety of other plants and many different animals can make the dunes their home.

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