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May 19, 2011

Geology Word of the Week: Y is for Yardang

Yardangs 1. Photo courtesy of Michael Welland. Cross-posted at Through the Sandglass.  def. Yardang (also sometimes: jardang): An elongated erosional landform, commonly found in deserts, resembling the hull of an inverted boat. Similar to sand dunes, yardangs typically have a tall, steep side facing the prevailing wind direction and slope gently down away from the wind. Yardangs are formed when looser material is eroded away (primarily by the wind and …


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