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November 24, 2014

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"Hypnopompic dunes" is a grand phrase, a stately example of what used to be called "a pomp of words," and deserves to become standard terminology. Certainly dunes produce the sense of dormancy as volcanoes do; the Native Americans who named Sleeping Bear Dunes along Lake Michigan felt the possibility that those would

Rise, like lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number
and
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you.

The range of scale in this research, from OSL to satellite imagery, is marvelous and provides the usual piquant contrast with the effects of wringing wealth from the earth.

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