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why is the great sand dunes national park a national park?

why is the great sand dunes national park a national park?
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     asked this on October 05, 2009 at 09:30 AM
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According to the NPS, "A national park is generally a large tract of land that contains a variety of resources or an entire natural system." Great Sand Dunes was originally established as a national monument in 1932 by president Herbert Hoover, protecting only the main dunefield. It was expanded into a national park and preserve by Congress in 2004, protecting the entire natural geologic and hydrologic system of the dunes, including the alpine watershed, creeks, grasslands, sand sheet, and wetlands. In short, it shelters a fragile and precious ecosystem.
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     answered this on October 08, 2009 at 09:16 AM
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