Dune Fields of SE Eastern Desert of EgyptOpen image in new window

Part of the World Geomorphological Landscapes book series (WGLC)


There are four small dune fields (150–500 km2) in SE Eastern Desert of Egypt, of which only El-Hebal Dune Field is known since the early years of the twentieth century. This field is composed of 14 longitudinal compound units, with an average length of 10 km and average width of 0.50 km. Each of these units is composed of sinuous, parallel linear dunes. The second dune field of delta Wadi Kraf is composed of vegetated barchans and barchanoids, and nebkhas. There are also some active lee dunes, which developed in the lee side of fixed dunes. Due to the spread of nebkhas all over the area of this field, this is a field of nebkhas and dunes. The third field lies just to the west of El-Hebal Field. In this field, sand intrudes the foothills of the Red Sea Mountains and is deposited as lee dunes in the lee side of numerous small hills which characterize the foothills. The fourth dune field lies to the south of Wadi El-Allaqi, and crosses the Egyptian-Sudanese borders. It is discovered from Google Earth. It is a field of small linear and crescentic dunes.


El-Hebal dunes Linear dunes Crescent dunes Lee dunes Vegetated dunes Wadi kraf The Eastern Desert 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Geography, Faculty of ArtsAin Shams UniversityCairoEgypt

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