Sites that include distinctive stretches of sand dunes.

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
'Uruq Bani Ma'arid "It contains one of the world’s largest longitudinal sand-dune systems" (AB ev)
Air and Téneré The "live dunes" of the Ténéré are an example of erosion under way the landscape is rapidly modified on a geological time scale by the displacement and deposition of sand (AB ev)
Al-Ahsa Oasis The impact of the sand dunes on the oasis of Al-Ahsa has been very important over the last thousand years, and part of the oasis has been covered by an active sand dune field advancing southward, along a 12 km large front (AB ev)
Ancient ksours Chinguetti "is seriously threatened by the encroaching desert; high sand dunes mark the western boundary and several houses have been abandoned to the encroaching sand." (wiki)
Atlantic Forest South-East Both coastal areas of Paraná and São Paulo are occupied by mobile sand dunes (Coastal WHS)
Banc d'Arguin Coastal dunes
Cold winter deserts of Turan Mobile sand dunes (in Repetek and Yeradzhi) (AB ev)
Curonian Spit The Curonian Spit is an outstanding example of a landscape of sand dunes that is under constant threat from natural forces (AB ev)
Danube Delta Sacalin Island is composed of alluvial deposits and sand dunes stabilised by tamarix. (UNEP-WCMC)
Donana National Park fixed and mobile dune fields (AB ev)
Dorset and East Devon Coast Orcombe Point - Ancient stratified sand dunes
El Pinacate Gran Altar Desert: North America's largest field of active sand dunes and only active Erg dunes. (AB ev)
Fraser Island Complex coastal dune formations are still evolving. The array of dune lakes is exceptional (AB ev)
Getbol, Korean Tidal Flat "[E]ach tidal flat has evolved into a coastal environment that houses diverse habitats including mud flats, sand flats, mixed flats, gravel beaches, rocky substrates, tidal beaches, sand dunes, tidal channels and tidal gullies." (Nomination text, p. 64)
Glacier parks sand dunes
Gros Morne National Park Sand Dunes On Shallow Bay
Guanacaste Pleistocene dunes occur, with ages estimated in 17000 years (Coastal WHS)
Ibiza Salinas de Ibiza y Formentera
Jeju Yongcheondonggul Lava Tube "On the surface of the tube and around its vicinity, seasonal northwesterly winds have blown towards the inland, depositing sand dunes ranging from one to seven meters in height.- Nomination File
Lakes of Ounianga The second group of lakes (Ounianga Serir) comprises 14 lakes separated by recently formed sand dunes. (AB ev)
Lena Pillars Tukulans
Lut Desert
Namib Sand Sea encompassing a diverse array of large, shifting dunes
Ngorongoro Shifting Sand Dunes
Ningaloo Coast dune fields, coastal dunes (UNEP-WCMC)
Peninsula Valdes sand dunes (UNEP-WCMC)
Saryarka a belt of hummocky fixed sand dunes (UNEP-WCMC)
Sian Ka'an Coastal dunes stretch along 68 km of the coast (Coastal WHS)
Socotra Archipelago Sand dunes of Archer
The Sundarbans easily eroded sands collect at the river mouths forming banks which are blown into dunes (UNEP-WCMC)
Uvs Nuur Basin desert of fixed and shifting dunes (UNEP-WCMC)
Wadden Sea Coastal dunes
Wadi Al-Hitan sand dunes (UNEP-WCMC)
Wadi Rum Numerous mention of "dunes" within the site both in the Nom file and the AB eval.
Xinjiang Tianshan Dune forms in the Taklamakan desert (AB ev)
iSimangaliso Wetland Park Coastal dunes
ǂKhomani Cultural Landscape


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