Landscapes - Robert Downie
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Tranquil Desolation

The long path forward during a lonely hike. There is some sense of peace to be found in the tranquil desolation of the giant sand dunes on the eastern fringe of Lake Mungo. The winds over southern inland Australia have been blowing from the western quarter for millions of years and driven these ancient sands slowly east. Exploring places like this is a constant reminder of how short ones time is on this planet when confronted with the obvious impact such small geological forces such as the light breeze on your face has when compounded over thousands of millennia. The dunes originated from a lost inland sea many hundreds of kilometres to the west. The sand dunes in front of me are over 40m in height and stretch in continuous arc for approximately 40km. NSW, Australia

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