Wind Kanter

Wind Kanter, Fugui Cape 2017

Wind Kanter are rocks which have been sanded by sand, which is transported by the wind, to a characteristic, often keel-like shape. Wind Kanters arise either from rock fragments or from larger particles, which are embedded in loose rocks. The side of the stone facing the prevailing wind direction is abraded and smoothed while the side facing away from the wind remains mostly unchanged.

Wind Kanters occur almost exclusively in vegetation-poor or free areas such as deserts. Depending on the prevailing climatic conditions, these can be dry or cold deserts. Due to later climatic changes, however, Wind Kanter also occur as a relic in areas in which they would no longer arise today. At the Fugui Cape, you can find this form of Wind Kanters, which are today in the sea.

 

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