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This is the Parnidis Dune, a several kilometres long sand dune with a greatest height of approximately 52 metres, on the Curonian Spit on the Lithuanian and Russian Baltic coast.

The strangely shaped Curonian Spit is a long and narrow peninsula stretching from the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad up to just a few hundred metres from the Lithuanian port of Klaipéda. The width of the spit varies from roughly 2 to 5 km and the length is about 100 km, evenly divided between Russia and Lithuania.

This photo was taken just south of the small Lithuanian town of Nida, about 2 km from the border. The Parnidis Dune is just one of several huge sand dunes making up a large part of the spit, constantly changing shapes and heights. The spit has been declared a national park on both sides of the border and it is also a UNESCO world heritage site. Access to the sensitive dunes is severely restricted.

You can read all about the Curonian Spit, and see a map of it here.

There are two more pictures of the Curonian Spit and the Parnidis Dune as workshops.

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