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    A yardang in the Algerian desert. A feature caused by wind erosion. The ‘pedestal’ effect is created by wind-blown sand whose cutting force is strongest near ground level.

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      malformalady: An artichoke-shaped yardang(feature caused by wind erosion) in the Tassili Ahaggar, Algeria .The ‘pedestal’ effect is created by wind-blown sand whose cutting force is strongest near ground level. Photo credit © Kazuyoshi Nomachi/Corbis

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