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Penn Researchers Uncover a Mechanism to Explain Dune Field Patterns
February 6, 2012
In a study of the harsh but beautiful White Sands National Monument in New Mexico, University of Pennsylvania researchers have uncovered a unifying mechanism to explain dune patterns. The new work represents a contribution to basic science, but the findings may also hold implications for identifying when dune landscapes--like those in Nebraska's Sand Hills--may reach a "tipping point" under climate change, going from valuable grazing land to barren desert.
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