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Dune Worlds

How Windblown Sand Shapes Planetary Landscapes

Lorenz, Ralph D., Zimbelman, James R.

Jointly published with Praxis Publishing, UK

2014, XXI, 308 p. 330 illus., 177 illus. in color.

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  • Compares and contrasts the characteristics and formation of sand dunes on Earth, Mars and Titan
  • Imparts fundamental knowledge about how dunes form
  • Updates the literature on geomorphology and planetary science
  • Provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects of dune studies on planetary bodies

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.

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.

 

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Dune landscapes - Mars - Remote sensing - Sand transport - Titan

Related subjects » Astronomy - Environmental Science & Engineering - Popular Astronomy

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