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By Frank Armendariz
Chronicle Columnist 


Turn those winter blahs into "oohs" and "aahs" by visiting Lane County's coastal areas, less than 90 minutes from downtown Creswell.


December 19, 2019

Frank Armendariz/The Chronicle

The dunes remain a place where solitude and simplicity can still be found.

FLORENCE – The Oregon dunes began to form about 100,000 years ago and are now among Oregon's oldest geological features.

To add a little perspective, 100,000 ago was about the time the Cascade Mountain peaks, after millions of years of volcanic activity, had reached about the height they are today. The 400,000-year-old cinder cone that would grow to become Mount Mazama was still growing. The massive volcanic eruption that created Crater Lake was more than 90,000 years from happening, and the great Missoula floods that shaped the Columbia River Gorge were still about 85,000 years off.


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