Zhou et al. (2012) proposed that longitudinal dunes in the Qaidam Basin, China, formed like yardangs: by erosion into sediment that was not deposited by those dunes. Because erosion occurs on the upwind flanks of most migrating dunes (Rubin and Hunter, 1982, 1985), the key to demonstrating a yardang-like origin is to show that the dunes did not deposit the strata that they contain. Zhou et al. made this argument by proposing that:

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This commentary reviews these conclusions, reviews contradictory observations, and considers alternative interpretations.

(1) Zhou et al. (2012) reported that strata in the Qaidam dunes...

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