Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms

2015 Edition
| Editors: Henrik Hargitai, Ákos Kereszturi

Sand Patch

  • Andreas C. W. Baas
  • Henrik Hargitai
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3134-3_324


A thin layer of aeolian drift sand deposit (of uniform grain-size distribution) concentrated in a round or ellipsoid shape, usually rising slightly above a surrounding (higher-roughness) surface but without any slip-face development or evidence of lee-side flow separation.



Irregularly shaped sand deposits (Bourke et al. 2004) (Fig. 1).
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GeographyKing’s College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.NASA Ames Research Center/NPPMoffett FieldUSA