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#191554 06/14/10 10:49 AM
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Another meaning of "aeolian" is a mode, i.e. a scale of musical notes, used in the theory of European medieval music. (Visual Thesaurus also omits this meaning.) It coincides with the natural minor scale. The most recent popular piece I know of in the natural minor scale, and hence in the aeolian mode, is Ghost Riders in the Sky, but I'm not hip on popular music, so maybe there is a more recent example.

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Nice song. :-)

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Lawrence Swan devoted a good portion of his life studying what he called The Aeolian Biome. In his words, "I have discovered the most precarious ecosystem in the world. It is a biome beyond the alpine or the tundra where life lives on the manna donated by the wind. This Aeolian Biome is not often included in textbooks since few biologists do their research up beyond 20,000 feet, tolerating cold hands and fierce storms."

Swan's work is partially documented in the book Tales of the Himilaya, Mountain 'N Air Books, La Cresenta, CA 2000.

You can view his book here.

Chris Callahan #191571 06/15/10 05:17 PM
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If ever I would start a collection of words I think the most beautiful I would start with Aeolian. Aurora Borealis would the next. Not to forget the Aeolian harp in this context:
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Many different forms and sounds.


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