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Singing and Barking Sands

Singing sand refers to the roaring noise or boom produced by vibrations in sand dunes. Barking sand, which makes yipping noises when you drag your feet along it, is found along coastlines in Hawaii and elsewhere. These terms are discussed in more...

Book Title Hashtag Fun

There’s a Twitter meme going around for books with a letter missing from the title. You can find them through the hashtag #bookswithalettermissing. Can’t wait to read that romp about the sand-covered South, A Confederacy of Dunes. This...

medano

medano  n.— «For instance, the term for a kind of dune called a “medano” that forms only on North Carolina’s Outer Banks…and a strange jag of land found under the water off the coast of Monterey, Calif., that’s called a...

dune bashing

dune bashing  n.— «He lets out some of the air from the wheels of the jeep. This is to reduce the pressure for what is called “dune bashing”—or desert driving—which has been previously described to us as an “Arabian roller...

blow-out

blow-out  n.— «Many people don’t realise riding over dunes can do untold damage. “It damages the native vegetation and subsequently the dunes. Those pathways lead to what’s called “blow-outs”—producing a funnelling effect...

hubbly bubbly

hubbly bubbly  n.— «No traditional Arabian feast is complete without the social ritual of the sheesha, tobacco pipe attached to a glass orb filled with water that locals fondly call the “hubbly bubbly.”» —“A dune with a...