Fractals in the Earth Sciences

Editors: Barton, C.C., La Pointe, P.R. (Eds.)

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Fractals have changed the way we understand and study nature. This change has been brought about mainly by the work of B. B. Mandelbrot and his book The Fractal Geometry of Nature. Now here is a book that collects articles treating fractals in the earth sciences. The themes chosen span, as is appropriate for a discourse on fractals, many orders of magnitude; including earthquakes, ocean floor topography, fractures, faults, mineral crystallinity, gold and silver deposition. There are also chapters on dynamical processes that are fractal, such as rivers, earthquakes, and a paper on self-organized criticality. Many of the chapters discuss how to estimate fractal dimensions, Hurst exponents, and other scaling exponents. This book, in a way, represents a snapshot of a field in which fractals has brought inspiration and a fresh look at familiar subjects. New ideas and attempts to quantify the world we see around us are found throughout. Many of these ideas will grow and inspire further work, others will be superseded by new observations and insights, most probably with future contributions by the authors of these chapters.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Fractal Distributions in Geology, Scale Invariance, and Deterministic Chaos

    Turcotte, D. L. (et al.)

    Pages 1-40

  • Some-Long-Run Properties of Geophysical Records

    Mandelbrot, B. B. (et al.)

    Pages 41-64

  • Some Remarks on the Numerical Estimation of Fractal Dimension

    Pruess, S. A.

    Pages 65-75

  • Measuring the Dimension of Self-Affine Fractals: Example of Rough Surfaces

    Brown, S. R.

    Pages 77-87

  • Review of the Fractal Character of Natural Fault Surfaces with Implications for Friction and the Evolution of Fault Zones

    Power, W. L. (et al.)

    Pages 89-105

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Fractals in the Earth Sciences
Editors
  • C.C. Barton
  • P.R. La Pointe
Copyright
1995
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4899-1397-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4899-1397-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-44865-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-1399-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 265
Number of Illustrations and Tables
46 b/w illustrations
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