Erosion patterns in a sediment layer.

  title={Erosion patterns in a sediment layer.},
  author={Adrian Daerr and Peter Lee and Jose B Lanuza and Eric Cl{\'e}ment},
  journal={Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics},
  volume={67 6 Pt 2},
We report here on a laboratory-scale experiment which reproduces a rich variety of natural patterns with few control parameters. In particular, we focus on intriguing rhomboid structures often found on sandy shores and flats. We show that the standard views based on water surface waves do not explain the phenomenon, and we evidence a different mechanism based on mud avalanche instability. 

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