Aeolian processes  

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Aeolian (or eolian or æolian) processes, in the study of geology and weather, pertain to wind activity and specifically to the wind's ability to shape the surface of the Earth and other planets. Winds may erode, transport, and deposit materials, and are effective agents in regions with sparse vegetation and a large supply of unconsolidated sediments. Although water is a much more powerful eroding force than wind, aeolian processes are important in arid environments such as deserts.

The term is derived from the name of the Greek god, Æolus, the keeper of the winds.

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