Controls on dune colour in the Namib sand sea: preliminary results

John Walden, K White, NA Drake

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The red colouration observed in many sand seas is a consequence of fine grained haematite and clay coatings surrounding quartz grains and a number of hypotheses have been proposed to account for this. The marked increase in dune redness with increasing distance inland in the northern area of the Namib sand sea is investigated using satellite imagery and mineral magnetic measurements. These results suggest that source materials exert at least a partial control on dune colour in this field setting, but that evidence for the influence of other factors (e.g. climatic gradient and/or abrasion of coating during transport) is also present.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)pp 349-353
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of African Earth Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1996


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