In our recent paper (Zhou et al., 2012), we proposed the following:

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In their Discussion, D.M. Rubin and A.M. Rubin claimed:

We welcome the opportunity to respond to their discussions and to present some further information concerning the origin of the linear dunes in the Qaidam Basin.

D.M. Rubin and A.M. Rubin’s claim that our suggestion for an erosional origin of the linear dunes in the Qaidam Basin is unnecessary is mainly based on four reasons: (1) Very different internal structures like those in the Qaidam Basin are a common feature of active linear dunes and are not...

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