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Big Dune – Americana Collection

Radiocarbon dates eolian silts and sands banked up against range flanks of Big Dune at 4,100 years. Big Dune, of Amargosa Valley, Nevada, has no potential for locatable minerals. Prior to 2006, there were 23 mining claims at Big Dune. All of these were removed after it was determined there was no potential for locatable minerals. No mining claims can be filed at Big Dune until the year 2029, because 1,920 acres of land have been closed to mining under Secretarial Order 7737.


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Big Dune – Americana Collection

Big Dune cover five square miles of Nevada’s Amargosa Valley at 2623 feet above sea level and is a very sacred place to the Southern Paiute and Numic Speaking peoples that lived in the Mojave Desert. Big Dune is culturally important because it is one of a number of sand dunes in Numic territory that are considered singing sand dunes. From a cultural perspective, the emission of tones and measurable musical notes are a testament that this land feature is alive and it can interact with all elements of the universe.


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Indiana Corn – Americana Collection

Since Indiana’s early history, agriculture has played an important role in the state’s economic development and cultural identity. Indiana is home to more than 60,000 farms covering over 19 million acres. The average farm size in Indiana is 245 acres. A variety of crop and livestock categories are ranked in the top five nationally including corn. In a typical year, almost half of the cropland in Indiana is corn. Much of the corn grown in Indiana is used to feed pigs, cows, and chickens. Indiana produces a wide variety of corn, including more than 20 percent of the United States’ popcorn supply.1


1Grow with Us. Indiana Agriculture, Indiana State Department of Agriculture, 2018, www.in.gov/lg/files/GrowWithUs_-_English.pdf.


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