A crescent-shaped dune, reaching heights of up to 30 meters (98 feet) and widths of 350 meters (1,148 feet), and having a steep, concave leeward side with crescent tips pointing downwind.
A large, crescent-shaped dune lying at right angles to the prevailing wind and having a steep, concave leeward side with the crescent tips pointing downwind. Barchan dunes form on flat, hard surfaces where the sand supply is limited. They can reach heights of up to 30 m (98 ft) and widths of 350 m (1,148 ft).
Origin of barchan-dune
- Russian barkhan barchan dune from Kazakh barxan Uighur bargan dune that moves
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition