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Briefly, the scientists working the Oregon coast found that sand could be controlled only by the use of one type of grass (European beach grass) and by a system of follow-up plantings with other growth. The grass sets up a beachhead by holding down the sand in an intricate lacing of roots. This permits certain other plants to gain a foothold. The beach grass is extremely difficult to grow in nursuries, and part of the solution to the dune problem involved working out a system for propagating and handling the grass.
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From "They Stopped the Moving Sands", part of a July 11th, 1957 letter by Frank Herbert to his agent Lurton Blassingame, outlining an article on how the USDA was using poverty grasses to protect Florence, Oregon from harmful sand dunes. The article was never published, but did develop several of the ideas that led to "Dune". Quoted in The Road to Dune (2005), p. 266.

 
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