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Dune Worlds

How Windblown Sand Shapes Planetary Landscapes

Book

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Geophysical Sciences book sub series (GEOPHYS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ralph D. Lorenz, James R. Zimbelman
      Pages 3-14
  3. Dune Basics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Ralph D. Lorenz, James R. Zimbelman
      Pages 17-25
    3. Ralph D. Lorenz, James R. Zimbelman
      Pages 27-37
    4. Ralph D. Lorenz, James R. Zimbelman
      Pages 39-54
    5. Ralph D. Lorenz, James R. Zimbelman
      Pages 55-73
    6. Ralph D. Lorenz, James R. Zimbelman
      Pages 75-92
    7. Ralph D. Lorenz, James R. Zimbelman
      Pages 93-102
    8. Ralph D. Lorenz, James R. Zimbelman
      Pages 103-106
    9. Ralph D. Lorenz, James R. Zimbelman
      Pages 107-113
    10. Ralph D. Lorenz, James R. Zimbelman
      Pages 115-118
  4. Dune Worlds

    1. Ralph D. Lorenz, James R. Zimbelman
      Pages 121-134
    2. Ralph D. Lorenz, James R. Zimbelman
      Pages 135-155
    3. Ralph D. Lorenz, James R. Zimbelman
      Pages 157-167
    4. Ralph D. Lorenz, James R. Zimbelman
      Pages 169-176
    5. Ralph D. Lorenz, James R. Zimbelman
      Pages 177-180
  5. Dune Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Ralph D. Lorenz, James R. Zimbelman
      Pages 183-202
    3. Ralph D. Lorenz, James R. Zimbelman
      Pages 203-215
    4. Ralph D. Lorenz, James R. Zimbelman
      Pages 217-239
    5. Ralph D. Lorenz, James R. Zimbelman
      Pages 241-251
  6. Why Dunes Matter

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 253-253
    2. Ralph D. Lorenz, James R. Zimbelman
      Pages 255-256
    3. Ralph D. Lorenz, James R. Zimbelman
      Pages 257-258
    4. Ralph D. Lorenz, James R. Zimbelman
      Pages 259-272
    5. Ralph D. Lorenz, James R. Zimbelman
      Pages 273-282
    6. Ralph D. Lorenz, James R. Zimbelman
      Pages 283-286
  7. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 287-287
    2. Ralph D. Lorenz, James R. Zimbelman
      Pages 289-290
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 291-308
  9. Dune Worlds

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119

About this book

Introduction

Four major developments in dune research have occurred in recent years.

  • Following the discovery of dunes on Saturn’s moon, Titan, a whole new dimension has been added to aeolian studies.
  • The vast amounts of data now coming in from Mars bring a new perspective to the abundant dunes on that planet.
  • In the last decade, radar methods and high-resolution imaging have revolutionized the global observation of Earth’s dunes.
  • New instrumentation has improved field study capabilities, and powerful computational tools have opened new methods of simulating dune formation and evolution.  

Lavishly illustrated with over 300 photographs and figures, many in color, Dune Worlds covers all these developments to provide a unique and comprehensive overview of dunes, how we study them, and how they relate to their planetary environments.

Lavishly illustrated with over 300 photographs and figures, many in color, Dune Worlds covers all these developments to provide a unique and comprehensive overview of dunes, how we study them, and how they relate to their planetary environments.

 

Keywords

Dune landscapes Mars Remote sensing Sand transport Titan

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Johns Hopkins University Lab. Applied PhysicsLaurelUSA
  2. 2.National Air & Space Museum Smithsonian InstitutionWashingtonUSA

About the authors

Dr Ralph Lorenz trained as an engineer (B.Eng. Aerospace Systems Engineering, Southampton 1990) and worked for a year for the European Space Agency ESA on the design of the Huygens probe and its instruments. He then spent three years obtaining a PhD at the University of Kent at Canterbury building part of the Surface Science Package which measured Titan’s surface properties in January 2005. In 1994 he moved to the University of Arizona for postdoctoral research, where his interests have included Titan, Mars, climate, nonequilibrium thermodynamics and instrumentation. He continues these researches as a member of the Senior Professional Staff at the Applied Physics Laboratory of Johns Hopkins University, where he moved in August 2006. Relevant to the present book, he has published several papers on dust devils, surface modification processes, and Aeolian processes - most recently reporting the discovery of massive fields of sand dues on Titan. Lorenz has written over 100 papers in rhe refereed literature and over 20 polular articls in magazines such as Spaceflight, Astronomy Now and New Scientist.

James Zimbelman has been a Geologist at the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C for nearly 20 years. His principal interest is Planetary Geology - Geologic analysis of remote sensing data of Mars, geologic mapping of Mars and Venus, study of long lava flows on the terrestrial planets and field studies of volcanic, aeolian and pluvial features. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers and maps and several hundred abstracts

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Reviews

“Lorenz & Zimbelman nicely describe their book as ‘a travel guide to the research landscape’. … Dune Worlds contains numerous fascinating illustrations. … The various images of dune fields from space are very beautiful. I thoroughly enjoyed dipping into this book and can warmly recommend it.” (Richard McKim, The Observatory, Vol. 135 (1246), June, 2015)

“This book is likely to become the new ‘go to’ overview of windblown sand, dunes, and eolian landscapes, especially for those whose perspective transcends Earth. … The book is nicely illustrated with examples of virtually everything discussed … . For an entrée to the world of sand dunes throughout the solar system, this reviewer cannot think of a better place to start. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.” (B. M. Simonson, Choice, Vol. 52 (4), December, 2014)