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That Word You Heard: Aeolian Processes

Behold the winds of change.

By Lacy Schley
Jun 1, 2016 5:00 AMNov 12, 2019 6:53 AM
Chad Edwards


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Named after Aeolus, the Greek god of wind, aeolian processes pertain to the godlike ways wind can sculpt a landscape. Over time, fine sediments such as silt or sand are picked up and deposited, building dunes or scouring rock bare. These processes play a major role in shaping exposed areas in deserts and along coastlines. They can be observed on other planets, too: Many of the formations on the surface of Mars are a result of aeolian processes.

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