Friday, February 18, 2011

Tottori Sand Dunes

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This is a draincover from just outside Tottori City in Tottori Prefecture. It shows the major tourist attraction of the area, the Tottori Sand Dunes.

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The dunes cover an area of almost 30 sq k, but is decreasing due to several man-made (read bureaucrat-made) factors. Often referred to as desert, this is simply not true as there is too much rainfall.

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The dunes were formed by a combination of ocean currents and prevailing winds. The sand was originally the Chugoku Mountains to the south.

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The dunes get about 2 million visitors a year, mostly Japanese. Very early in the morning is the best chance of seeing the ripples in the sand before they are wiped out by the hordes of tourist tracks.
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The highest dunes are about 90m, and do offer nice views over the coast.

3 comments:

  1. That's amazing... I'd never heard of these before. I really hope to see them before they're all touristed out (I realise the irony implicit in that statement). We have a similar structure (though on a much much smaller scale) here in South Australia. Still... 90m high sounds incredibly tall.

    Thanks

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  2. Incredible. I didn't know about them too.

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  3. Superbe et impressionnant!!!
    En France nous avons la dune du Pilat dont la hauteur varie en permanence entre 100/115 mètres de haut...

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