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Carcross Dunes and Desert: general information

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Carcross Dunes and Desert

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  • Type of destination: Points of Interest
  • Location of destination: Canada - Yukon Territory
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The Carcross Dunes are often called "The World's Smallest desert". The Carcross Desert and Dunes are the remains of sand and silt deposited on the bottom of ancient Lake Watson at the end of the last ice age 10,000 years ago. After the lake disappeared with the glaciers, the Watson River cut through the sediment to bring a constant supply of sand and silt into Bennett Lake. This sand is continuously blown onto shore by the prevailing winds to form the current dynamic dune system.
Even though it i...
The Carcross Dunes are often called "The World's Smallest desert". The Carcross Desert and Dunes are the remains of sand and silt deposited on the bottom of ancient Lake Watson at the end of the last ice age 10,000 years ago. After the lake disappeared with the glaciers, the Watson River cut through the sediment to bring a constant supply of sand and silt into Bennett Lake. This sand is continuously blown onto shore by the prevailing winds to form the current dynamic dune system.
Even though it is affectionately known as the Carcross Desert, the dunes are not dry enough to be a real desert.
That said, the Carcross Dunes are home to a variety of rare plants and animals unique to this habitat.
A network of hiking trails allows you to explore the Carcross Dunes. This is a fragile ecosystem, please respect it by staying on the trails.
More information on the Sights and Sites of the Yukon website.
The Carcross Dunes are often called "The World's Smallest desert". The Carcross Desert and Dunes are the remains of sand and silt deposited on the bottom of ancient Lake Watson at the end of the last ice age 10,000 years ago. After the lake disappeared with the glaciers, the Watson River cut through the sediment to bring a constant supply of sand and silt into Bennett Lake. This sand is continuously blown onto shore by the prevailing winds to form the current dynamic dune system.
Even though it i...

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