Seliskar, Denise M. College of Marine Studies, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware.
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Plants occupying sand dunes and the slacks, or swales, and flats between them. Dunes are mobile accumulations of sand that occur along shorelines and in deserts because of wind action. The formation and stability of dunes are affected significantly by the vegetation inhabiting the sand of the dunes (Fig. 1). Because the density and diversity of dune vegetation are greater on coastal (beach) dunes than on desert dunes, the focus of this particular article will deal with dunes found on beaches. It should be noted, though, that not all beaches have dunes. See also: Dune; Ecological community; Ecology; Plant; Plant geography; Sand; Wind
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