Inland Dunes of North America

Nicholas Lancaster, Patrick Hesp

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Inland sand dunes are widespread in North America and are found from the North Slope of Alaska to the Sonoran Desert in northern Mexico and from the Delmarva Peninsula in the east to Southern California in the west. In this edited book, we highlight recent research on areas of inland dunes that span a range from those that are actively accumulating in current conditions of climate and sediment supply to those that were formed in past conditions and are now degraded relict systems.

This book will be of interest to researchers and scholars of physical geography, geomorphology, environmental sciences, and earth sciences.

Contributions include detailed analyses of individual active dune systems at White Sands, New Mexico; Great Sand Dunes, Colorado; and the Laurentian Great Lakes; as well as the vegetation-stabilized dunes of the Nebraska Sand Hills and the Colorado Plateau. Additional chapters discuss the widespread partially vegetated dune systems of the central and southern Great Plains; the relict dunes of the Atlantic Coastal Plain of the eastern USA; and active and stabilized dunes of the Colorado Plateau and the southwestern deserts of the USA and northern Mexico.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
Number of pages337
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-40498-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-40497-0
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • North American dunes
  • Coastal geomorphology
  • dune fields
  • anthropogenic disturbance
  • southwestern deserts
  • quarternary history
  • coastal development
  • desert environments
  • climate change and sea level rise
  • major lake systems
  • sediment transport
  • aeolian processes
  • coastal sciences
  • world regional geography
  • climate change


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