004 - Desert Landforms
What landforms can be found in desert regions?
How are desert landforms created?
Define the words above using a dictionary.
Activity One - Mix and Match
- Using wikipedia draw a diagram to show how the wind can transport the sand in a desert.
- The table below describes different types of landforms found in a desert. The descriptions and diagrams do not match and it is your task to sort them out. Draw out the table, copy the descriptions and then draw the matching diagram.
A - Long, narrow dune deposited when a prevailing (dominant) wind is interrupted by a strong cross wind.
B - Isolated hills of resistant rock worn back by a strong cross wind. One is taller than it is wide and the other is wider than it is tall.
C - An extremely hard, smooth rock left standing like a soldier on duty, after being abraded by the wind.
D - A deposition of material at the base of a mountain which has been washed down by storms.
E - Crescent (moon) shaped dune deposited when the wind blows steadily in one direction.
F - Rock undercut at its base by strong winds carrying grains of sand.
G - Fantastically carved rock of varying hardness, eroded by the wind.
H - A dry river bed, as water only flows here during flash floods (a sudden and often short storm).
1 - Zeugen (mushroom rock)
2 - Barchan
3 - Linear Dune
4 - Yardang
5 - Inselberg
6 - Wadi
7 - Mesa and Buttes
8 - Pediment