Dune fields are common on beaches and in deserts—think of the imposing sand hills and sinuous ripples of the Sahara in Africa or the Karakum in Central Asia, for example—as well as underwater on the beds of rivers, lakes, and oceans. The varied shapes, sizes, and orientations of both modern dunes and those preserved in the geologic record tell of the conditions under which they formed, particularly the strengths and patterns of winds and ocean currents. This information offers us valuable windows into environments and climates at different places and at different times in Earth’s history.
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Title||Planetary dunes tell of otherworldly winds|
|Series title||Eos, American Geophysical Union|
|Publisher||American Geophysical Union|
|Contributing office(s)||Astrogeology Science Center|
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