Crescentic dunes at Schiermonnikoog, the Netherlands

Patrick A. Hesp, Sebastiaan M. Arens

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This paper describes the appearance and maintenance of crescentic dunes in high wind speed conditions on a frozen beach at Schiermonnikoog, The Netherlands. The dunes were crescentic forms with horns. They were barchanoidal in plan view, but had reverse morphologies to typical barnchans: the highest and steepest slopes were upwind and led to long low slopes downwind. Slipfaces were absent. It is hypothesized that such crescentic dunes may be a stable aerodynamic form under high to very high (c.15-20ms-1) flow conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)785-788
Number of pages4
JournalEarth Surface Processes and Landforms
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Barchans
  • Crescentic dunes
  • Dune morphology
  • Sand transport


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