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The "Desert"

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The "Desert" a region of the Pine Barrens where very little grows. It was created by the complete removal and destruction of two large hills/low mountains to obtain gravel for the roadbed of the Garden State Parkway. It is not a natural landform.

The "Desert" name for this region was coined by Tom Brown Jr., and is referred to in his books.

It's actually quite beautiful.
A wide plain of white gravel makes up the surface of the "Desert".



Of course, there are numerous truck, ATV, ORV, dirt bike and dune buggy tracks. The riders can't resist the wide open space.
Pitch pines grow in the more "sheltered" areas - that is, areas where the vehicles don't run them over.



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