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Carcross Desert

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 19 January 2016 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Carcross Desert, located outside Carcross, Yukon, Canada, is often considered the smallest desert in the world. The Carcross Desert measures approximately 1 square mile, or 640 acres.

Carcross Desert is commonly referred to as a desert, but is actually a series of northern sand dunes. The area's climate is too humid to be considered a true desert. The sand was formed during the last glacial period, when large glacial lakes formed and deposited silt. When the lakes dried, the dunes were left behind. Today, sand comes mainly from nearby Bennett Lake, carried by wind. The dunes contain a wide variety of plants, including unusual varieties such as Baikal sedge and Yukon lupine, among others.

The Yukon Territorial government made efforts to protect Carcross Desert in 1992, but failed due to opposition from locals who use the dunes for recreational purposes.

Photo captured September 15, 2015.

NIKON D7000 1/30 second F/19.0 ISO 1800 45 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I suppose there are off road vehicle tracks everywhere. A beautiful shot of the 'desert'.

19 Jan 2016 5:38am

claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Un endroit qui donne envie d'en faire un peu plus ..
Bonne journée

19 Jan 2016 6:32am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Paysage très attrayant. . )

19 Jan 2016 7:16am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

What a fascinating story to go with this . . who could have guessed ?!

19 Jan 2016 8:51am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Beautiful composition. The color of the sand is superb .

19 Jan 2016 9:44am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Une belle composition

19 Jan 2016 10:35am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

very nice view

19 Jan 2016 12:19pm

Carol from Leamington, Canada

A nice mix of everything here.... mountains, trees, sand. There is a similar place in Manitoba called 'The Spirit Sands' desert which was created 16,000 yrs ago from a glacier. I remember our visit there and trudging through the sand. A super landscape shot Steven.... and great info!

19 Jan 2016 12:24pm

franz from Baden, Austria

an interesting and fascinating whim of nature!
i find a bit short sighted to use these dunes for 'recreational purposes'; what can it mean? going up and down them in dune buggies ?!?

19 Jan 2016 1:24pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Ces sapins droit et cette entrée ces eprsonnage et les montagnes sueprbe.
Belle soirée

19 Jan 2016 2:41pm

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Great place.

19 Jan 2016 3:16pm

Don from Spokane, United States

I would have thought the surface was snow if you had not clued us in. A fine shot of this unusual place.

19 Jan 2016 4:10pm

Robert D. Burr from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Interesting....I am a Canadian and didn't know that so thanks for the geography lesson.

19 Jan 2016 5:02pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

good shot

19 Jan 2016 5:43pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Very interesting description of the place. And very nicely documented with your image.

19 Jan 2016 6:35pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Interesting information. It is surrounded by lovely mountains.

19 Jan 2016 6:49pm

Yvon from Belgium

I would like to visit that small desert.
A nice view with a good compo.
Have a nice week, Steven.

19 Jan 2016 8:08pm

yo from Ile de France, France

Ces arbres immenses sur fond de sable et de montagnes arides forment un paysage étrange !
Merci pour les détails !

19 Jan 2016 9:49pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

The information was really interesting! That is such a small desert. It is a shame that it could be ruined by dune buggies. A beautiful view!

19 Jan 2016 10:06pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Once again, very nice shot and the information is excellent.

20 Jan 2016 3:27am

Patrick M. from Lille, France

A beautiful landscape and a curious place

20 Jan 2016 11:28am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


20 Jan 2016 3:41pm

outsidersworld from Everywhere, Germany

it acts, harmonious and relaxing ... the rich colors make everything very beautifully expressed ... Thanks for the interesting information ...

21 Jan 2016 12:58am