How Windblown Sand Shapes Planetary Landscapes
Ralph D. Lorenz and James R. Zimbelman
Four major developments in dune research have occurred in recent years.
- Following the discovery of dunes on Saturn's moon, Titan, a whole new dimension has been added to aeolian studies.
- The vast amounts of data now coming in from Mars bring a new perspective to the abundant dunes on that planet.
- In the last decade, radar methods and high-resolution imaging have revolutionized the global observation of Earth's dunes.
- New instrumentation has improved field study capabilities, and powerful computational tools have opened new methods of simulating dune formation and evolution.
Lavishly illustrated with over 300 photographs and figures, many in color, Dune Worlds
covers all these developments to provide a unique and comprehensive overview of dunes, how we study them, and how they relate to their planetary environments.
Table of Contents
PART I Introduction
PART II Dune Basics
3. Winds and Atmospheres
4. Mechanics of Sand Transport
5. Deposits of Sand: Ripples Versus Dunes
6. Basic Types of Dunes
7. Other Dunes and Other Sand Deposits
8. Dune Fields, Sand Seas and Transport Pathways
9. Rates of Geomorphic Change
10. Booming or Singing Dunes
PART III Dune Worlds
11. Earth Dunes
12. Mars Dunes
13. Titan Dunes
14. Venus Dunes
15. Other Dune Worlds
PART IV Dune Studies
16. Field Studies
17. Laboratory Studies
18. Remote Sensing
19. Numerical Models
PART V Why Dunes Matter
20. Dunes as Physical Systems
21. Dunes and Climate
22. Moving on Sand
23. Dunes and People
24. Fictional Dune Worlds
PART VI Conclusions
308 pages, Black and white/colour images integrated with text
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