Sand blowing off a crest in the Kelso Dunes of the Mojave Desert, California
Cross-bedding of sandstone
near Mount Carmel
road, Zion National Park. It shows the effect of wind action and sand dune
formation before the formation of rock. These are fossilized sand dunes
Eolian (or aeolian or æolian) is an event that occurs in nature. It is related to the winds and its ability to modify the surface of the Earth and other planets.
Winds cause erosion, and move sand and other materials. Wind is powerful in dry regions with sparse vegetation, such as deserts. Although water is, generally speaking, a much more powerful eroding force than wind, aeolian processes are primary in deserts.
Sand dust from the Sahara gets all over Europe, and even as far as the Amazon basin. Winds and global air movements are what causes this widespread travel of materials from the ground.
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Wind-carved alcove in the Navajo Sandstone near Moab, Utah
A massive sand storm cloud is about to envelop a military camp as it rolls over Al Asad, Iraq, just before nightfall on April 27, 2005.
Holocene eolianite deposit on Long Island, The Bahamas. This unit is formed of wind-blown carbonate grains. (2007)
Aeolian deposition near Addeha, Kola Tembien, Ethiopia. (2019)