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Barnes, J. 1999. Barchan dune morphology, migration and management on the Kuiseb River delta, Namibia


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Barchan dune morphology, migration and management on the Kuiseb River delta, Namibia.

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The shape and behaviour of the barchan dunes on the Kuiseb River delta, south of the town of Walvis Bay, and the temporal and spatial variation of those characteristics are the focus of this study. Data from a field survey undertaken in August 1999 are used to investigate a number of salient aspects of dune morphology. The Kuiseb dunes are found to exhibit many of the same morphometric characteristics as those found in other dune fields around the world, such as the strong interrelationship between dune height and horn width (r = 0.853). Abnormalities in the transverse and longitudinal profiles of the dunes are noted however, and the causative factors investigated. Grain size analysis provides an insight into the intra-dune processes that may underlie hom asymmetry and the absence of a slip face. Keywords: dune migration, dune, wind, dune reshaping.

Year: 1999

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