About This Chapter
Who's it for?
Anyone who needs help learning or mastering college physical geology material will benefit from taking this course. You will be able to grasp the subject matter faster, retain critical knowledge longer and earn better grades. You're in the right place if you:
- Have fallen behind in understanding desert characteristics and the effects of wind on landforms.
- Need an efficient way to learn about deserts and wind.
- Learn best with engaging auditory and visual tools.
- Struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD.
- Experience difficulty understanding your teachers.
- Missed class time and need to catch up.
- Can't access extra science learning resources at school.
How it works:
- Start at the beginning, or identify the topics that you need help with.
- Watch and learn from fun videos, reviewing as needed.
- Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
- Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
- Submit questions to one of our instructors for personalized support if you need extra help.
- Verify you're ready by completing the Deserts and Wind chapter exam.
Why it works:
- Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
- Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
- Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Deserts and Wind chapter exam to be prepared.
- Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any relevant question. They're here to help!
- Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.
Students will review:
In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:
- What are the five geological settings for deserts?
- What characteristics are found in Southwestern deserts?
- How does wind affect desserts?
- What are the five types of sand dunes, and how are they structured?
- How do humans cause desertification?
1. Earth's Deserts: Definition, Distribution & Location
Imagine a place where rain rarely falls and plants and animals are specially adapted to survive. In this lesson, we'll learn why deserts form and how their location is determined by the atmosphere, the hydrosphere and geology.
2. Characteristics of the Deserts of the Southwestern United States
In this lesson, we'll discuss two very different types of deserts located in the Southwestern United States. The Colorado Plateau and the Basin and Range Province each have special characteristics and features that make them unique.
3. Wind Action & Effects on the Desert Landscape
Wind is a powerful force that has the ability to shape a landscape. In deserts, wind action changes the landscape through wind erosion in the form of abrasion and deflation.
4. Sand Dunes: Structure and Types
Although most people think of sand dunes simply as piles of sand, they actually come in many different shapes and sizes. In this lesson, we'll discuss the unique features of barchan, transverse, parabolic, longitudinal and star sand dunes.
5. Desertification Caused by Human Activity
The earth is constantly changing, and one very dramatic and important change is from fertile land to deserts. This process of desertification can occur naturally, but is often caused or accelerated by human actions. Humans can accelerate this process by overgrazing, poor irrigation techniques, diverting rivers, and deforestation. This large issue is a global problem that must be combated.
6. What is a Wind Vane? - Definition, Uses & Facts
Have you ever used a thermometer to determine the temperature outdoors? Probably. Have you ever used a wind vane? Probably not. Why, then, are they still seen in many places? In this lesson, you will learn about the wind vane's purpose and some of its history.
7. What is a Natural Bridge? - Definition & Formation
Did you know that there are some bridges that were made from just wind and water? Learn how in this lesson, along with where you can go to see some of them.
Earning College Credit
Did you know… We have over 160 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.
To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page
Transferring credit to the school of your choice
Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.
Other chapters within the Introduction to Physical Geology: Help and Review course
- Introduction to Geology: Help and Review
- Earth Materials: Help and Review
- Mineral Types, Properties, and Uses: Help and Review
- Earth and Celestial Rocks: Help and Review
- Igneous Rocks in Geology: Help and Review
- Sedimentary Rocks in Geology: Help and Review
- Metamorphic Rocks in Geology: Help and Review
- Rock Deformation, Geological Folds & Faults: Help and Review
- Weathering, Soil & Erosion: Help and Review
- Running Water in Geology: Help and Review
- Ground Water in Geology: Help and Review
- Glaciers in Geology: Help and Review
- Oceans in Geology: Help and Review
- Water Balance in Geology: Help and Review
- The Universe: Help and Review
- Geologic Time & Radiometric Dating: Help and Review
- Earth's Spheres, Surface & Structure: Help and Review
- Atmospheric Sciences: Help and Review
- Earthquakes in Geology: Help and Review
- Plate Tectonics in Geology: Help and Review
- Energy Resources in Geology: Help and Review
- Renewable & Nonrenewable Resources: Help and Review
- Economic Geology & Mineral Resources: Help and Review
- Human Impact on the Earth & Environment: Help and Review
- Environmental Sustainability in Physical Geology: Help and Review
- Environmental Risk Analysis in Physical Geology: Help and Review
- Ethics, Politics & the Environment: Help and Review