Sand pillar

a sand storm which takes the form of a whirling pillar in its progress in desert tracts like those of the Sahara and Mongolia.

See also: Sand

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During the Japanese tsunami in 2011 too, the man-made defences became completely useless in a similar way, when the fierce tidal waves made their way inlands, while turning the former into mere metaphorical sand pillars.