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Section 9
Wind and the Landscape

In this section you will find materials that support the implementation of EarthComm, Section 9: Wind and the Landscape.


Inquiring Further

  1. To learn more about the features of wind-dominated environments, visit the following web sites:

    Chapter 8: Wind Erosion at White Sands, NPS
    Examines the depositional features of White Sands in New Mexico.  Includes description and example of a yardang.

    Dune Types, NPS
    Examples of dunes found in Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.  Includes description and example of a barchans dunes.

    Types of Dunes, USGS
    Provides examples of the different types of dunes found in wind-dominated environments, including linear (longitudinal) dunes.

    Chapter 8: Introduction to Eolian Landforms, NASA
    Overview of eolian erosion and deposition processes. Includes descriptions of ventifacts, yardangs, barchans dunes, and linear (longitudinal) dunes.  

    Eolian Processes, USGS
    Overview of eolian erosion and deposition processes. Includes descriptions of ventifacts, yardangs, barchans dunes, and linear (longitudinal) dunes.  

  2. To learn more about loess deposits, visit the following web sites:

    Soil Forming Factors, NASA
    Describes different depositional environments and landforms, including loess deposits.

    Eolian History of North America, USGS
    Examines how loess deposits contain valuable records of paleoclimates.

  3. To learn more about wind erosion and deposition in your community, visit the following web sites:

    Understand the dynamics of sand dune activity in the central and western United States, USGS
    Examines sand dune activity in the central and western United States.

    Understand the paleoclimatic significance of loess, USGS
    Examines the distribution of loess in the Mississippi River valley, Great Plains, and Alaska.

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Resources

To learn more about this topic, visit the following web sites:

Eolian Processes, USGS
Describes wind processes that erode, transport, and deposit sediment.

Chapter 8: Introduction to Eolian Landforms, NASA
In depth descriptions of deserts, desert features, wind erosion processes, transportation of particles by wind, and wind-deposited landforms.

Sand on the Move, NPS
Describes the movement of particles by wind and the formation of dunes.

Tour of Park Geology - Sand Dunes, NPS
Links to all National Park Service Parks that have sand dunes as a common geologic theme. 

Deserts: Geology and Resources, USGS
Examines deserts, where and how they form, types of deserts, desert features, as well as mineral resources in deserts.

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