Geomorphology of Desert Dunes


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Geomorphology of Desert Dunes Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Cambridge University Press
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Pages: 350 Illustrations and other contents: Worked examples or Exercises Language: English ISBN: 9781108420884 Categories: ,

Sand dunes are a globally important depositional landform and sedimentary system. Their origins and dynamics are important in understanding how deserts have evolved in response to climate change and changes in sand supply and mobility, and how they will continue to evolve in the future. This book provides a state-of-the-art review of the characteristics of desert dunes and their sediments, and explores their dynamics on timescales from days to millennia as they respond to changes in wind speed and direction, precipitation and sand supply. This extensively revised edition reflects the advances in our understanding of desert dunes, their dynamics and history; and covers recent developments including the luminescence dating revolution, ground penetrating radar and advances in numerical modeling. Also covering dunes on Mars and Titan, this authoritative reference is a must-have for researchers and graduate students working on desert dunes and aeolian geomorphology.

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Author Biography

Nicholas Lancaster is a leading expert on desert sand dunes, and Emeritus Research Professor from the Desert Research Institute, USA. He has worked on desert dunes in Africa (Namib, Kalahari, northern and western Sahara), Arabia, Antarctica, and the western United States (Mojave and Sonoran Deserts). His research focuses on dune dynamics and morphology, the application of remote sensing, ground penetaring radar and optical dating, and the impacts of climate change on desert regions. He has won multiple awards including the Farouk El-Baz Award from the Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division of the Geological Society of America (2001), the NSHE Regent's Researcher Award (2007), and the Liu Tungshen Medal from the International Quaternary Association (INQUA, 2019).