National Geographic : 1919 May
INDIANA'S UNRIVALED SAND-DUNES-A NATIONAL PARK OPPORTUNITY BY ORPHEUS MOYER SCHANTZ A DUNE region ordinarily signifies an inhospitable, wind-swept tract of country, barren of vegetation and sparsely inhabited by animal life. The term "sand-dune" long ago denoted a land to be avoided by travelers when ever possible. Lack of water, intense heat, and the ever-drifting sand itself Photograph by Frances La Follette A POPLAR WHICH CONVERTS ITS BRANCHES INTO ROOTS AND ITS ROOTS INTO BRANCHES, AS THE WIND BLOWS At one time this tree of the Indiana sand dunes was buried up, to the dark line. The limbs then did duty as roots, but now that it is being uncovered they are again performing their normal function as limbs. were sufficient causes for shunning any dune country as a highway. Charles Kingsley, in Westward Ho, says: "The Spaniards neared and neared the fatal dunes that fringed the shore for many a weary mile." The dunes of the Atlantic coast, driven inland by the terrific storms off the ocean, at times have devastated large areas of fertile land, relentlessly destroying all vegetation, and the dune regions of in terior America were the bane of early pioneers. At the head of Lake Michigan, includ ing the entire shoreline of Indiana and parts of the adjoining shores of Illinois and Michigan, there is a dune country, unique and wonderful and entirely differ ent from our usual ideas of sand-dunes. The vegetation of the average desert or sandy region is usually an interesting example of the survival of the fittest, and most of the plant families remaining have adapted themselves to the severe Photograph by J. R. Daniels A FIND FOR THE ORNITHOLOGIST He sits and blinks the day away amid trees and shrubs of bewildering beauty growing on the shores of a fresh-water sea.