19. Desert Dune Processes and Dynamics

  1. David S. G. Thomas
  1. Nick Lancaster

Published Online: 13 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470710777.ch19

Arid Zone Geomorphology: Process, Form and Change in Drylands, Third Edition

Arid Zone Geomorphology: Process, Form and Change in Drylands, Third Edition

How to Cite

Lancaster, N. (2011) Desert Dune Processes and Dynamics, in Arid Zone Geomorphology: Process, Form and Change in Drylands, Third Edition (ed D. S. G. Thomas), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470710777.ch19

Editor Information

  1. School of Geography and Environment, Oxford University Centre for the Environment, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QY, UK

Author Information

  1. Division of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences, Desert Research Institute, 2215 Raggio Parkway, Reno, NV 89512-1095, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 25 FEB 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470519080

Online ISBN: 9780470710777

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Keywords:

  • desert dune processes and dynamics;
  • desert sand dunes - part of, self-organised hierarchical system of aeolian bedforms;
  • dynamic classification of dunes - between external variables and dune types;
  • conceptual framework - for process–form interactions on aeolian dunes;
  • sand supply increases - crescentic ridges, or transverse dunes occurring;
  • star dunes, complex type of desert sand dunes - with pyramidal form and radiating arms;
  • airflow, around and over dunes - influenced by dune topography;
  • insights into dune dynamics - annual to decadal timescales;
  • dune morphology controls;
  • dune patterns, and dune systems - clear patterns of dune morphology

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Desert dune morphology

  • Dune types and environments

  • Airflow over dunes

  • Dune dynamics

  • Dune development

  • Controls of dune morphology

  • Dune patterns

  • Conclusions

  • References