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Overview: What Makes These Dunes Sing?

11 minutes 15 seconds

Now Playing As: Captioned (English) (change)

Come on an epic journey and explore the mysterious physics of sand. This episode discusses the work of Dr. Melany Hunt and Dr. Nathalie Vriend. They solved the long-standing mystery of how dunes sing. Part of the "Overview" series.

Media Details

Runtime: 11 minutes 15 seconds

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