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7.12: Landforms from Wind Erosion and Deposition

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deflation

deflation

Wind removes finer grains of silt and clay, causing the ground surface to subside.
desert pavement

desert pavement

Rocky, pebbled surface created as finer silts and clays are removed by wind.
desert varnish

desert varnish

Dark mineral coating that forms on exposed rock surfaces as windborne clays are deposited.
loess

loess

Extremely fine-grained, wind-borne deposit of silts and clays; forms nearly vertical cliffs.
sand dunes

sand dunes

Sand deposit formed in regions of abundant sand and frequent winds.
slip face

slip face

Steeper, downwind side of a dune where sand grains fall down from the crest.
ventifacts

ventifacts

Polished, faceted stones formed by abrasion by sand particles.

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