The structure of linear dunes: a GPR survey in the Namib sand sea

Dataset description

The aims of this study are to image the internal structure of linear dunes, to resolve sedimentary structures in 3-D, and test models of linear dune structure and formation addressing outstanding problems in dune sedimentology and geomorphology. Linear dunes are the most abundant type worldwide. However, "the genesis of linear dunes has been and remains one of the most difficult problems of interpretation in the realm of dune study" McKee (1982 p.25) this study will use GPR to image the structure of linear dunes, the technique has been proven in other desert dunes (Bristow et al 1996). The results will provide a model for interpretation of ancient aeolian sandstones, and a set of observations against which models for the origin of linear dunes can be tested.

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Environmental Science Centre, Nicker Hill, Keyworth
NG12 5GG

Tel : +44 (0)115 936 3143
Fax :+44 (0)115 936 3276


Dataset details

Author(s) Bristow, Dr C S
Principal Investigator(s) Bristow, Dr C S
School of Earth Sciences
Birkbeck College
Language English
Curator British Geological Survey
Supply media/format Not available
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Frequency of update not applicable
Start of capture {ts '1999-06-01 00:00:00'} After 1st June 1999
End of capture {ts '2018-10-18 08:27:35'} Not known
Contact details
Department Enquiries
Organisation British Geological Survey
Address Environmental Science Centre, Nicker Hill, Keyworth
City Nottingham
County Nottinghamshire
Country United Kingdom
Postcode NG12 5GG
Telephone +44 (0)115 936 3143
Fax +44 (0)115 936 3276
Topic category code (ISO) geoscientificInformation (information pertaining to earth sciences)
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Metadata language English
Metadata last updated 21st May 2009
Metadata standard compliance NERC profile of ISO19115:2003
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