Aeolian Landscape is an art exhibit in which a miniature wind-swept desert landscape is recreated by an electric fan and finely ground sand. The motion mimics the process of wind picking up and depositing small particles. Geologists use the term “aeolian” to refer to land formations that are caused by wind. Sand dunes and snow drifts are two common examples. The visitor can change the direction of the fan and notice how the shape of the miniature dunes influences the pattern of the wind, which in turn influences the shape of the dunes.
- Aeolian Landscape
Take an auditory tour of this exhibit.
- Geographical Features
Take a look at aerial photographs of a few of earth’s most bizarre features.
- Ned Khan Studios
Learn more about Ned Khan, the exhibit designer who created this exhibit.
- KQED: Ned Kahn
A video interview with Ned Kahn about where he gets his inspiration and what else he’s working on
Exhibit Categories: Astronomy - Solar System, Geology - Materials, Weather
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