‘Singing Sands’

  • R. A. Bagnold


NO work on the behaviour of dry sand can be deemed complete without some account of the so-called ‘song of the sands’. I had started a research into this curious phenomenon in the summer of 1939, but it was interrupted by the outbreak of war and by my consequent departure on active service abroad. The following remarks, written at the publisher’s suggestion after the completion of this book, may serve the purpose of summarizing the present state of our knowledge on the subject. There is as yet no real explanation of the mechanism by which the sounds are produced.


Beach Sand Desert Sand Sand Mass Nubian Sandstone Barchan Dune 
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  1. Lewis, A.D. (1936). South African Geogr. F., Vol. XIX, p. 33.Google Scholar

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