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USGS Bedform Sedimentology
This site presents a collection of photographs, short movies, classifications, and computer-generated images for identifying various types of bedforms. Viewing of movies and 3D dynamic computer-modeled bedforms allows students to observe the creation, internal structure, and migration of bedforms through time. Photographs depict these processes in the real world. In addition, software for simulating ripple and dune bedforms and crossbedding is available for a free download. The site also features a paper about numerical forecasting and modeling techniques and their applications to sedimentology.
Intended for grade levels:
  • College (15-16)
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Tutorial
  • Visual:
    • Photograph
    • Video
    • Visualization - scientific
  • Text:
    • Report
  • Dataset:
    • Modeled
  • Tools:
    • Software
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
  • Hydrology
Technical requirements:
QuickTime plug-in
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: SERC-NAGT-000-000-000-409
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'USGS Natural Hazards and Public Safety'
This resource is part of 'Creating Effective Web-based Learning Resources in the Geosciences'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: David M Rubin
United States Geological Survey