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Friday, May 10, 2013

aeolian

\ee-OH-lee-uhn\ , adjective;
1.
(usually lowercase) of or caused by the wind; wind-blown.
2.
pertaining to Aeolus, or to the winds in general.
Quotes:
Thus, at low obliquity we might expect large-scale dust storms to cease, leading to relatively cold, clear conditions and relatively little aeolian transport of dust.
-- Peter L. Read and Stephen R. Lewis, The Martian Climate Revisited, 2004
Put simply, aeolian energy is transformed into mechanical energy that is stored in the waves, whose variations are, in the long run, smaller than those of the wind.
-- R.H. Charlier and J.R. Justus, Ocean Energies, 1993
Origin:
In Classic Greek Mythology, Aeolus is the ruler of winds. The term aeolian is derived from this.
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