Photo 10 (Return)

Accreting dunes in northern Studland Bay, 1999. Foreshore sand is blown landward and deposited on the fringes of the expanding dune system in the form of embryo dunes. Strandline vegetation, or litter may induce initial deposition. As sand continues to accumulate, Sea Lyme grass (green) and then Marram Grass (yellowish to left) colonise, thus further increasing the "roughness" of the ground surface and encouraging further aeolian deposition of sand.