Definition of yardang in English:

yardang

Line breaks: yar|dang
Pronunciation: /ˈjɑːdaŋ
 
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noun

  • A sharp irregular ridge of sand lying in the direction of the prevailing wind in exposed desert regions, formed by the wind erosion of adjacent material which is less resistant.
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    • Linear erosional features (called yardangs) found in deserts are the result of long-term erosion of wind blowing in a consistent direction.
    • I stumbled upon a yardang - a rock ridge feature caused by wind and water erosion.
    • Due to the hard climatic conditions of the yardang region in the Lut Desert, not much information about land surface temperatures of this region, one of the extremely arid cli-matic zones of Iran, has been extracted.

Origin

early 20th century: from Turkish, ablative of yar 'steep bank'.

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