The sand that moved away
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The sand that moved away

Like most of Spain, Donana National park contains many memories of the civil war.  Old concrete bunkers lie on the beach.  

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A ruin in the sand dunes in the south west of the park used to house Franco’s police.  But the dunes are constantly moving.  Every year they flow a few yards inland and engulf the pine forest.  

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As the dunes move, the level of the the sand may fall 40 feet or so.  This happened to the dune in which Franco’s police dug their well.  They dug it down to fresh groundwater and lined it carefully with bricks.  As the dune retreated the well tube was left sticking forty feet out of the sand. 

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