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FIELD TRIP: Algodones Dunes BLM Wilderness Area

Imperial County is a large and sparsely explored botanical mystery to most, especially in areas that would appear at first glance to be inhospitable to life. When most people hear of Glamis and the Imperial Sand Dunes, the thoughts of people riding over sand dunes in buggies and ATVs comes to mind, running over the desert at a quick enough pace that the heat is calmed by a breeze of their own making. A deeper look uncovers a place that is very complex and amazing to study. The Dunes are a location set within an environmental duality, where temperatures can vacillate wildly between night and day, where moisture is both absent and surprisingly common, and extreme adaptations are required to survive.

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