Sand Dunes: Structure and Types


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How is a sand dune defined in contrast to sand found lying on a beach?

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1. What is the downwind side of a sand dune considered to be?

2. You see a crescent-shaped dune, with tips that point in the upwind direction anchored by vegetation. It also has a steep downwind slip face. How would this type of sand dune be classified?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are many diverse sand dunes that can be found in various parts of the world. This quiz and worksheet will quiz you on the definitions of these varying sand dunes.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will quiz you on these topics:

  • Definition of sand dune
  • Sand dune's downwind side
  • Parabolic dunes
  • Barchan dunes

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define vocabulary words, such as parabolic dune
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about sand dunes in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding sand dunes with large symmetrical ridges

Additional Learning

Get the facts on sand dunes with the lesson Sand Dunes: Structures and Types. Once you finish this lesson, you should know and understand the following:

  • Definition of asymmetrical
  • Key attributes of sand dunes
  • Five types of sand dunes