21. Wind Erosion in Drylands

  1. David S. G. Thomas
  1. Julie E. Laity

Published Online: 13 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470710777.ch21

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

Laity, J. E. (2011) Wind Erosion in Drylands, 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.ch21

Editor Information

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

Author Information

  1. Department of Geography, California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330-8249, 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:

  • wind erosion in drylands;
  • landscapes of aeolian erosion in deserts - varying in scale;
  • common landforms in deserts - yardangs, inverted relief and ventifacts;
  • two principle processes - involved in wind erosion, abrasion and deflation;
  • wind erosion products, driven - by prevailing winds across enormous expanses;
  • wind erosion - abrasion and deflation;
  • mega yardangs of the Lut (Loot) desert - lowest elevation in Iran, most arid region of the central plateau;
  • mass movement - of various types, modifying yardang slopes;
  • Yardang age, and rate of formation - role as directional indicators;
  • landscapes of aeolian erosion - seldom by wind alone, but being the dominant player

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The physical setting: conditions for wind erosion

  • Conclusions

  • References