12 August 1988
Vol 241, Issue 4867

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Dune crest in Kelso dunefield, Mojave Desert, California. Foreground ripples illustrate self-organization of fine sand bed into 10-centimeter wavelength ridges oriented perpendicular to wind during saltation. Upper lee face shows grain fall deposition of saltating grains, and subsequent failure as grain flow during later wind event, with wind blowing toward observer. See page 820. [Robert S. Anderson, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125]