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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

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James Petersen
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James Petersen
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FIGURE 15.21 Eolian erosion carves yardangs, aerodynamically shaped ridges like this one in the Kharga Depression of Egypt.

Which side of this yardang do you think is the upwind side, the right or left?

To determine

Whether the upwind side of the yardang in the given photo is right or left.

Explanation

In arid regions, the erosional rate sometimes reflect the strength and types of exposed surface materials. As a result of wind abrasion on a rock that has varying resistance, the softer rocks are eroded away faster than it erodes more resistant rock due to differential erosion. In short, a desert location abrasion might not act in a uniform fashion over the entire exposure that is characterized by extensive soft rock like shale or semi-consolidated sediments...

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