The seed concept for Dune apparently came from a trip that Frank Herbert took to as a journalist to Florence on the coast here in Oregon. His report was on an attempt to control the drift of some impressively large sand dunes by using imported grasses.
Frank Herbert's 'Dune' holds timely - and timeless - appeal - latimes.com
The 1984 David Lynch film adaptation remains a favorite of mine. Yes, it is yet more 80s cheese, and it's very compressed plot-wise, but much of imagery remains potent.