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Into the Great Wide Open | by jackaloha2
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Into the Great Wide Open

Taken off state hi-way 61

 

Driving through the Nebraska Sand Hills reveals a stark and subtitle beauty that soon washes over your soul like the waves upon waves of sand dunes you travel through. This is one of the most scenic roads in the country, yet it is a stark and subtle beauty. Some sand dunes tower over 400 feet high and go on as far as the eye can see. You may not see another car or a house for over 30 minutes as you travel the area.

 

The Sand Hills Region is 19,300 square miles and takes up 25% of the state. It is larger than the states of Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware and Rhode Island combined. It was formed at the end of the last ice age when sand was wind blown into large dunes during a severe drought. To call this area sparsely populated is a vast understatement.

 

The Sand Hills also rest like a light blanket over the Ogallala Aquifer, one of the largest aquifers in the world. So close to the porous ground this water can sometimes be seen coming out of the sand and forming into shallow pools. This water provides irrigation and drinking water for hundreds and hundreds of thousands of people and helps to feed our nation in so many ways. This is why so many environmentalists, including my wife, have been fighting the XL oil pipeline this last year; this water is vital to our existence.

 

Whenever I need to get away from everything, this is where I go.

 

With Earth day coming, I wanted to share this with you. Peace my friends

 

Hope you press "L"

 

I lost the name of the creator of this texture, If any ideas, let me know and i will credit them, thanks

 

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Taken on October 17, 2004