Nonlinear Geoscience: Fractals Feature Summary

Type:
Physics in Your World
Title:
Nonlinear Geoscience: Fractals
Description:
Look up at the clouds and look at the patterns you see. It turns out that if you zoom in or out, you still see the same patterns, a property mathematicians call self-similarity.

In Nonlinear Geoscience: Fractals, notice how the streambed in the photograph has divided again and again, showing the same structure at different scales. The streambed and the sky are only two examples of the many fractals found in nature.
Image:
Image credit: Axel Rouvin, Wikimedia; <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Clouds.JPG" target="_blank">image source</a>; <a href="http://www.physicstogo.org/images/features/Clouds_large.JPG" target="_blank">larger image</a>
Image credit: Axel Rouvin, Wikimedia; image source; larger image
Image URL:
http://www.compadre.org/Informal/images/features/Clouds_large.JPG
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August 2, 2011 - August 17, 2011