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What Does God Create By The Wind?
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
The first book of the Bible is very important. It defines our faith in our Creator, Lord, and Savior. Unexplainable is the sensation that offers the sky with all the blue shades, with clouds transforming into million of shapes. It is also unexplainable the variety of colors that nature provides. It really is astonishing God's unique creation. Men have tried to replace it and they will never, ever capture the essence of creation.Stand on a rock in front of the ocean and you will definitely understand the power of creation, everything has an order.
God created, creates and will keep creating because He is who He is. The greatest and all mighty true, and unchangeable God. There is no other greater than Him. By Him all that is... is!
"The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands."
Acts 17: 24-28
"The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, 'For we also are His children.'
Let's start at the very beginning with the term "aeolian" which is also spelled eolian or æolian.The word derives from the Greek legendary Aeolus, god of the winds.The Bible explains creation. Today nature still testifies about One God, our Creator, this is why I ask in the title "What does God create by the wind?"
In the study of geology and weather, aeolian refers to the cause of wind, sand or rock material carried or arranged by it.
Aeolian landforms are the result of the wind-blown, some of its formations are known as:
- desert pavement
- desert varnish
- dry lake
This hub is to share with you something about all of these fantastic formations by the wind.
Greeks had gods for almost everything
Isole Eolie (Aeolian Islands)
The Aeolian Arc
The Aeolian Arc is called to the archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea North of Sicily; formed by a volcanic structure. These islands are also known as Lipari Islands, or Eolian Islands.
Michael Fields wrote about them in an article poetically named "Italian Pearls of the Mediterranean".
Before I proceed identifying the terms to what God creates by the wind, I want to share some facts concerning the deserts of the world:
- they may be hot, or cold
- they may be regions of sand or vast areas of rocks and gravel
- they have occasionally few plants
- they are always dry
- they contain valuable mineral deposits
- they are fragile environments
A barchan is a crescent-shaped shifting sand dune, convex on the windward side and steeper and concave on the leeward.
It takes many beautiful forms like if they were being drawn with fingertips. Amazing and lovely, inspiration for writers and artists, as well to those with sight.
When a wind erosion removes sediments in a sand dune ecosystem or on dry soil it causes a sandy depression (a land form sunken or depressed below the surrounding area) known as blowout.
I find them great to camp, because you get a natural wall to keep wind from blowing away things.
This aeolian land-form known as desert pavement is found in the desert where the wind has swept away all smaller particles leaving a natural mosaic of closely packed pebbles, cobblestones, and boulders.
Nice therapy to walk over it barefoot!
Who can really compete against the great Creator that uses the wind abrasion to remove the softer salts and polishes the surface to a glossy finish? For desert varnish to form it is necessary to have:
- high evaporation rates
- sufficient precipitation
The dunes may be formed by the modification of stationary barchans. These aeolian landforms are the most noticeable. I don't know about you, but I don't think I would like to be in a dune formation. A dune is a mound of sand that is circular or elliptical in shape. Has no slip-faces. The velocity of the wind above the ground surface determines the height of a dune. The maximum height is variable but usually falls in the range of 10 to 25 meters.
Wind-blown sand shapes pebbles known as dreikanter, commonly in desert areas, and typically with the following characteristics:
- three curved faces
Have you seen a dry lake?
When I wash my cloths I definitely prefer the wind to dry them instead of the sun. The sun will damage the cloth and dull colors. Wind evaporates water as in the case of dry lakes.
Dry lakes are also known as:
- alkali flats
- mud flats
Dry lakes are ephemeral lake beds (lasting short time), or remnant of an endorheic lake (do not flow into the sea). The flats consist of fine-grained sediments infused with alkali salts.
Drying Lakes and Rivers
An erg (Arabic word for sand sea) is a vast area of desert covered with sand and shifting dunes, and with varying degree of vegetation; covered by aeolian sediments. Known also as:
- sand sea
- dune sea
- sand sheet
It is very difficult to cross due to loose sediments, as well as, steep dips on lee of the dunes on the erg. Obviously this aeolian formation will be seen typically in the Sahara, like Erg Chech and Erg Azefal.
Examples of ergs of the World
The Grand Erg Oriental, and the Occidental
Great Sandy Desert
North America, Mexico
Gran Desierto de Altar
Loess is an unstratified usually buff to yellowish brown, loamy deposit believed to be chiefly deposited by the wind found in:
- North America
Where in the world are the aeolian formations found?
God creates by the wind so many awesome natural formations. Some admirable rock formations created by wind erosion to be mentioned are:
Winds blast horizontal grooves in the cliff faces of mountains. The grooves get deeper and rock gets weaker. Without vegetation the rock breaks and crumbles into sand. Don't let life pass by without knowing how things work. God named Jehovah, gives us wisdom and understanding.
Blessings to all as you enjoy the aeolian harp played by the wind in the video below!
© Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill
© 2013 Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill