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U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2011–3085

In cooperation with the Navajo Nation

Monitoring and Analysis of Sand Dune Movement and Growth on the Navajo Nation, Southwestern United States

By Margaret Hiza Redsteer, Rian C. Bogle, and John M. Vogel

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Recurring drought and rising temperatures have caused reactivation and renewed growth of sand dunes on the lands of the Navajo Nation on the Colorado Plateau. Migrating dunes threaten health, housing, and transportation pathways. U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists are conducting research to better understand the processes of dune growth and movement. This research will provide critical data to the Native peoples of the region in their response to the changing environment.

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Redsteer, M.H, Bogle, R.C., and Vogel, J.M., 2011, Monitoring and analysis of sand dune movement and growth on the Navajo Nation, southwestern United States: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2011–3085, 2 p., available at

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