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Temporary dunes were built to protect homes in Ortley Beach, New Jersey after Superstorm Sandy.

Photgraph by Lucas Jackson, Reuters

How (And Why) to Build a Dune

In one Jersey Shore community, the sand stood up to Sandy.

Image of the 125 Anniversary logo A dune in the right place at the right time is a very powerful thing. More than just hills of sand, dunes can be a beach town's first line of defense against storms and erosion. That's why some coastal communities are encouraging their growth.