Nine. A History of Dune Sand

  1. Andrew Warren

Published Online: 27 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118295786.ch9

Dunes: Dynamics, Morphology, History

Dunes: Dynamics, Morphology, History

How to Cite

Warren, A. (2013) A History of Dune Sand, in Dunes: Dynamics, Morphology, History, John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118295786.ch9

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 20 MAY 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444339697

Online ISBN: 9781118295786



  • dune sand;
  • maturation;
  • mineralogy;
  • recycling;
  • redness;
  • size characteristics;
  • surface texture


This chapter focuses on quartsoze sand, which is derived from siliceous rocks. Rivers also play a major role in supplying sand to coastal dunes, over even more protracted routes. Recycling between rivers and the wind must also have occurred in the deposition of ancient sediments, as is shown by the close association of aeolian and fluvial sands in the Proterozoic Mancheral quartzite in east-central India. Mineralogical maturity is a product of recycling but has other implications. Size characteristics, shape, surface texture, and redness have also been seen as measures of maturation. Finally, the chapter talks about relationships between dune fields and the sources of their sand. It includes source-bordering dune fields, dune fields that have migrated away from their source, sand seas that have taken sand from many local sources, the Australian sand seas and some aeolian sandstones.