Phenomena

How Dunes Form

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On its face, the idea that sand and wind can come together to form massive mountainous dunes seems bizarre. But dunes — and their smaller cousins, ripples — are everywhere, not just on Earth but on other planetary bodies where fine particles and atmospheres interact. In this video, Joe Hanson gives a great overview of sand dynamics, beginning with what sand is, how it moves, and what it can ultimately form. It’s well worth a watch, even if you know a little about dunes already; I know I learned a thing or two! (Image and video credit: Be Smart)

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