Dunes

Types of dunes
Formation of different types of dunes.

Trista L. Thornberry-Ehrlich, Colorado State University after Fryberger, S.G., L.F. Krystinik, and C.J. Schenk. 1990; and McKee, E.D. 1966.

Dunes are mounds of loose sand created by wind and are the most well known aeolian features. There are a varitety of types of dunes, depending on their shape. Most dunes share a common profile, or cross section, with a long shallow angle (stoss) facing into the wind, a peak (crest), and a steep lee side.

Dunes seldom exist by themselves, but as vast fields of many dunes.

Dunes in National Parks