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18.3: Activity 18B- Identifying Sand Dunes

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  • 1. Figure 18.22 is of a dune field at the northern end of Death Valley National Park.

    a. Which type of sand dune is located around location D?

    b. Which direction is the wind likely blowing? Hint: use the north arrow to help or draw directly on the image.

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    Figure 18.22: Landform for Question 1 of Activity 18B.

    2. Figure 18.23 is of a dune field at the northern end of Death Valley National Park.

    a. Which category of sand dune is located around location E?

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    Figure 18.23: Landform for Question 2 of Activity 18B.

    3. Open the browser version of Google Earth and enter the location, 36°39'45.1"N 117°06'14.1"W into the search bar. Zoom in and out to examine this region in detail. There are a number of dune fields within this region of Death Valley. What is the likely dominant wind direction in this part of Death Valley?

    a. How can you tell?

    4. Figure 18.24 is from the Eureka Dune Field, located at the northern edge of Death Valley National Park.

    a. Which type of sand dune is located at F?

    b. Which does this type of sand dune indicate about the wind direction?

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    Figure 18.24: Landform for Question 4 of Activity 18B.

    Attributions

    • Figure 18.22: “Dune Field in Death Valley National Park” (CC-BY 4.0; Chloe Branciforte via Google Earth, own work)​
    • Figure 18.23: “Dune Field at the Northern End of Death Valley National Park” (CC-BY 4.0; Chloe Branciforte via Google Earth, own work)​
    • Figure 18.24: “Eureka Dune Field” (CC-BY 4.0; Chloe Branciforte via Google Earth, own work)​
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