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yardang

[ yahr-dahng ]
/ ˈyɑr dɑŋ /
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noun Geology.

a keel-shaped crest or ridge of rock, formed by the action of the wind, usually parallel to the prevailing wind direction.

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Origin of yardang

Earlier jardang, term introduced by Sven Hedin (1904); perhaps a compound with Uigur yar cliff, precipice, or a cognate Turkic word
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  • The famous sphinx at Giza in Egypt may be a modified yardang.

    Deserts|A. S. Walker
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