Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms

2015 Edition
| Editors: Henrik Hargitai, Ákos Kereszturi

Drop Dune

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3134-3_121


Modified wedge dune extended longitudinally in the resultant transport direction.


Drop dunes form in areas where sand supply is low and subject to a bimodal wind regime where the directions of the winds differ by >120° (Parteli and Herrmann 2007; Parteli et al. 2009a; Reffet et al. 2010). It originates from a  wedge dune whose downwind tail elongates, leading to a longitudinal dune (Parteli et al. 2009a; Fig. 1).
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Multiscale SimulationFriedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-NürnbergErlangenGermany