|Landscapes with closely spaced east-west dunes occur in several parts of the northern Mallee.|
Most occurences lie on either side of the Sunset Desert, and together with this desert form the bulk of the Sunset Country, a large uncleared area between the Ouyen-Murrayville and Millewa settlements, now incorporated in the Murray-Sunset National Park. This park contains a wealth of diverse ecosystems. Occurrences of the unit tend to be elongated east-west, with clear boundaries to adjacent units. The largest area occurs to the north of the Sunset Desert, extending from the Noora Depression across the Millewa Ridge to the Raak Plain. The unit also separates the Raak Plain from the riverine Hattah Lakes area. Several areas extend further east, reaching the River Murray at Boundary Bend, and some of this land is cleared for agriculture.
The unit crosses both tectonic ridges and major depressions. Stranded ridges are few in the depressions but frequent on the Millewa Ridge.
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|The predominance of sand indicates that the parent sediments were sandy, possibly including material stripped from the soil developed on calcareous loess. Radiometric imagery shows a tendency for the dunes to be bunched into lobes, suggestive of eastwards movement, and of encroachment over other materials such as saline deposits on the Raak Plain, alluvium near the River Murray and heavier materials of the Woorinen Formation. Such dune migration has not occurred in the other units of the calcareous dunefields.|
All these factors suggest that the development of these particular dunes was not triggered by salinity. The sands would have been sufficiently prone to saltation to move when vegetative cover was reduced during arid phases.
Susceptibility to erosion and low fertility reserves limit agricultural uses. Salinity hazards are low.
An aerial photograph show Linear dunes dominant. Photo taken shows an area to the north, south and east of Sunset Desert.