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Wind as an Agent of Erosion

Wind is included along with gravity, water, and ice as an agent of erosion. In many national parks and other areas of natural beauty, statements are often made that credit wind as having sculpted the landscape. Discuss the importance of wind as an agent of erosion and explain why such statements are probably geologically inaccurate.

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1. Wind is included along with gravity, water, and ice as an agent of erosion. In many national parks and other areas of natural beauty, statements are often made that credit wind as having sculpted the landscape. Discuss the importance of wind as an agent of erosion and explain why such statements are probably geologically inaccurate.

According to Salem (n.d.), the power of the wind has long been recognized in all cultures worldwide. It has had drastic effects. Wind is an important agent of erosion and in this past century has been recognized as an important area of study (along water as an erosion agent) as seen in the following quote.

The wrath of Aeolus (the Greek god of wind, hence "aeolian" phenomena) historically has had catastrophic effects on the human biological and cultural environment, manifested in hurricanes and typhoons in the tropics, in blowing icicles and blizzards in the colder regions and in dust storms in arid areas. Of all the regions of the earth, the arid ones are the most susceptible to and the most seriously affected by wind. Salem (n.d.).

Erosion is the process of dislodgement and transport of soil particles by the two main agents of erosion - water and wind. Wind is air in movement, caused by a gradient in the air density generated by differences in atmospheric ...

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This solution explains the importance of wind as an agent of erosion and explains why the following statement (and others) are probably geologically inaccurate: "Wind is included along with gravity, water, and ice as an agent of erosion. In many national parks and other areas of natural beauty, statements are often made that credit wind as having sculpted the landscape."

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