Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms

2015 Edition
| Editors: Henrik Hargitai, Ákos Kereszturi

Drift Deposit (Aeolian)

  • Henrik Hargitai
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3134-3_120

Definition

Accumulation of wind-blown particles (dust, sand, or snow) not organized into self-organized  bedforms such as ripples or dunes (Greeley et al. 2002).

Synonyms

Subtypes

  1. (1)

     Streamer (Bourke et al. 2004)

     
  2. (2)

     Sand patch (Bourke et al. 2004) (Fig. 1)

     
  3. (3)

    Obstacle-related deposits:  ridge in current shadow (Greeley et al. 2002),  wind streak

     
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References

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NASA Ames Research Center/NPPMoffett FieldUSA