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The Slowinski National Park was established on 1st January 1967 as the second successive on the coast and eleventh such park in Poland.
Thanks to the unique natural values of the Slowinki National Park, in 1977 UNESCO included it in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.
The moving dunes on the sandbars of the Slowinski National Park are unique. The Gardno-Łebsko sandbar is built slowly of dune sand washed up onto the shore by the sea. Processes of accumulation of sand predominate on about 60% of the coast belonging to the Park.
The sand and washed up onto the beach, dried by the sun and wind, is blown further inland. Moving dunes formed as the result of this process, which has already lasted for over 5000 years. The greatest dune area (about 600 hectares), is on the Łebsko sandbar. The dunes reach a height of over 30 m a.s.l. and, blown by the wind, move at a rate of about 10m/year. All obstacles on the way become covered by the sand, a ferquent sight being the stumps of trees which appear as the sand is blown away. Moving, the dunes begin to cover an increasingly greater area, but lose height. Water, in the shape of pools or small periodic lakes, frequently appears in the depressions between the dunes, and it is there that numerous marsh plants then appear.

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