Contest #848: the Råbjerg Mile migrating sand dune, Denmark

Contest #848 took us to far northern Denmark and the Råbjerg Mile. This sand dune is one of the largest migrating sand dunes in Europe and the last big one in Denmark. Two government acts proclaimed in 1857 allowed the Danish government to buy or expropriate areas of sand drift and to allow the purchase of areas adjacent to the drifts. Dune grasses and conifers were planted to stabilize the sands and these plantations became common after 1880. This sand dune was left to be studied – it migrates up to 15 metres per year to the northeast leaving a low, moist layer of sand behind it, back westwards towards the sea, where the Mile originally formed more than 300 years ago.

Found before the hint:

  • Lighthouse
  • hhgygy
  • Martin de Bock
  • Angie CF
  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • zorro the fox
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Garfield
  • Graham Hedley
  • Eloy Cano
  • Phil Ower
  • Bas van Limpt

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