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Introduction to Fractals

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Roy E. Plotnick
Roy E. Plotnick
Department of Geological Sciences, University of Illinois, Chicago IL 60680 USA
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Published:
January 01, 1995

The incorporation of fractal concepts into the natural sciences, especially physics, has been swift. This growth has also occurred, albeit at a much slower pace, in the earth sciences, including geomorphology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, and petroleum geology (Korvin, 1992; Turcotte, 1992, 1994a; Barton and LaPointe 1995a,b). Nevertheless, many earth scientists remain unfamiliar with fractal concepts and applications and are perhaps even suspicious that it is a fad. In this chapter we will demonstrate that fractal models and methods allow the geologist to quantify many concepts that have long been intuitive, while also providing new and fruitful ways of looking at data. In addition, as we will show in later chapters, fractals are important in the interpretation of chaos and nonlinear dynamics. We believe that fractal methods will eventually become part of the standard toolkit of any quantitatively oriented geologist, to the same extent that calculus or statistics are currently.

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Nonlinear Dynamics and Fractals: New Numerical Techniques for Sedimentary Data

Gerard V. Middleton
Gerard V. Middleton
McMaster University, Hamilton ON
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Roy E. Plotnick
Roy E. Plotnick
University of Illinois, Chicago IL
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David M. Rubin
David M. Rubin
U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park CA
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36
ISBN electronic:
9781565762558
Publication date:
January 01, 1995

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