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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

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James Petersen
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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

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James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
Textbook Problem

Why are grains larger than sand not generally moved by the wind?

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The reason why grains larger than sand are not generally moved by the wind.

Explanation

In arid regions, strong winds blow frequently and thereby whipping up loose surface materials and transporting them within the turbulent air currents. The wind transported finest particles such as clays and silts are moved in suspension that buoyed by vertical currents. Those types of particles essentially form a fine dust that remains in suspension as long as the strength of upwards air currents exceeds the tendency of the particles to settle out to the ground as a result of gravity. The sediments that are carried by the wind in suspension are termed as suspended load...

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