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sand wave

Michael Allaby

in A Dictionary of Ecology

Fifth edition


Published online September 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191793158

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A large-scale, transverse ridge of *sand that is characteristic of *continental-shelf areas (e.g. the southern North Sea). The wavelength or spacing of sand-wave crests is 30–500 m and the height is 3–15 m. The down-current migration of sand waves leads to the formation of large-scale cross-bedding....

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Subjects: Ecology and Conservation

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