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Provides a general overview of aeolian geomorphology (the study of how the wind shapes the physical landscape) and sedimentology, including an historical analysis of the main trends in the development of ideas over the last 60 years.
The history of desert dune studies over the last hundred years; recent investigations of airflow and sediment transport over desert dunes; geomorphology of desert sand seas; coastal dune dynamics - problems and prospects; coastal and continental dune management in the 21st century; physics of Aeolian movement emphasizing changing of the aerodynamic roughness height by saltating grains (the Owen effect); wind erosion of agricultural land; wind erosional landforms: yardangs and pans; dust transport and deposition; Loess; the Aeolian rock record; dune palaeoenvironments; luminescence dating of Aeolian and coastal sand and silt deposits: applications and implications.
...a handsome and invaluable resource. "...would certainly recommend..." (Journal of Quaternary Science, Vol 15/6, 2000) "...recommend it to all geographers and geologists...from the specialist to the occasional seeker of information on the topic." (New Phytologist, Vol 147, 2000) "the volume will be an excellent source for graduate students and professionals" (Progress in Physical Geography, Vol. 25 No.3, 2001)