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Inland Dunes of North America

  • Nicholas Lancaster
  • Patrick Hesp

Part of the Dunes of the World book series (DUNES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Nicholas Lancaster, Patrick Hesp
    Pages 1-10
  3. Edward Hansen, Suzanne DeVries-Zimmerman, Robin Davidson-Arnott, Deanna van Dijk, Brian Bodenbender, Zoran Kilibarda et al.
    Pages 65-120
  4. William C. Johnson, Paul R. Hanson, Alan F. Halfen, Aaron N. Koop
    Pages 121-179
  5. Joseph A. Mason, James B. Swinehart, David B. Loope
    Pages 181-206
  6. Ryan C. Ewing
    Pages 207-237
  7. Andrew Valdez, James R. Zimbelman
    Pages 239-285
  8. Nicholas Lancaster
    Pages 311-337

About this book


Inland sand dunes are widespread in North America and are found from the North Slope of Alaska to the Sonoran Desert in northern Mexico and from the Delmarva Peninsula in the east to Southern California in the west.   In this edited book, we highlight recent research on areas of inland dunes that span a range from those that are actively accumulating in current conditions of climate and sediment supply to those that were formed in past conditions and are now degraded relict systems. 

This book will be of interest to researchers and scholars of physical geography, geomorphology, environmental sciences, and earth sciences.

Contributions include detailed analyses of individual active dune systems at White Sands, New Mexico; Great Sand Dunes, Colorado; and the Laurentian Great Lakes; as well as the vegetation-stabilized dunes of the Nebraska Sand Hills and the Colorado Plateau. Additional chapters discuss the widespread partially vegetated dune systems of the central and southern Great Plains; the relict dunes of the Atlantic Coastal Plain of the eastern USA; and active and stabilized dunes of the Colorado Plateau and the southwestern deserts of the USA and northern Mexico.  


North American dunes coastal geomorphology dune fields anthropogenic disturbance southwestern deserts quarternary history coastal development desert environments climate change and sea level rise major lake systems sediment transport aeolian processes

Editors and affiliations

  • Nicholas Lancaster
    • 1
  • Patrick Hesp
    • 2
  1. 1.Desert Research InstituteRenoUSA
  2. 2.College of Science and EngineeringFlinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia

About the editors

Patrick Hesp (Ph.D; DSc) is the Strategic Professor of Coastal Studies, College of Science and Engineering at Flinders University, Australia. He has held academic positions in NSW, Western Australia, Singapore, USA, and NZ, non-academic positions in the WA State Dept. of Agriculture, Geomarine P/L, and the Rottnest Island Authority, held visiting professorships and fellowships in South Africa, Namibia, Israel, Holland, China, Brazil, Italy, Malaysia, Thailand, and France, and has worked on beaches and coastal and desert dunes all over the world. He is an expert on coastal dune geomorphology, and has published over 290 articles in his career to date.
Nicholas Lancaster is Emeritus Research Professor at the Desert Research Institute, Nevada, USA.  His decades of research on sand dunes has taken him to deserts in Africa (Namib, Kalahari, northern and western Sahara), Arabia, Antarctica, and the western United States (Mojave and Sonoran Deserts).  His work has resulted in more than 150 scientific papers and several books and has been recognized by awards from the Geological Society of America, the Association of America Geographers, the International Society for Aeolian Research, the International Quaternary Association, and the Nevada System of Higher Education.

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