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James Petersen
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James Petersen
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FIGURE 15.26 A small barchan in southern Utah.

Why do smaller barchans migrate faster than larger barchans?

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The reason why smaller barchans migrate faster than larger barchans.

Explanation

Sand dunes are the depositional landforms that formed as a result of wind action. They have a uniform cover of sand-sized particles displaying little surface relief. More commonly, deposits of sand due to wind action are accumulated in the shape of hills, mounds, or ridges. The topography of dune is highly variable. The factors that control the formation of dunes include the amount of sand availability, the strength, and direction of sand-transporting winds and the vegetation cover.

Different types of sand dunes are identified based on the shape and their orientation relative to the direction of winds...

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