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Fractals and Chaos in Geology and Geophysics

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  • Date Published: July 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521567336

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  • Now in a greatly expanded second edition, this book relates fractals and chaos to a variety of geological and geophysical applications and introduces the fundamental concepts of fractal geometry and chaotic dynamics. In this new edition, Turcotte expands coverage of self-organized criticality and includes statistics and time series to provide a broad background for the reader. Topics include drainage networks and erosion, floods, earthquakes, mineral and petroleum resources, fragmentation, mantle convection, and magnetic field generation. The author introduces all concepts at the lowest possible level of mathematics consistent with their understanding, so that the reader requires only a background in basic physics and mathematics. He includes problems for the reader to solve. This book will appeal to a broad range of readers interested in complex natural phenomena.

    • Written at a level accessible to a broad range of physical science students
    • Widely applicable to petroleum and mineral exploration
    • Updated with the many recent advances since the first edition; second edition has twice as much material as the first
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    "I enjoy this book very much and frankly recommend it...The comprehensible manner of the explanation and though-provoking, interesting examples of the applications of the Fractals and Chaos in Geology and Geophysics offer not only the knowledge but also the intuitive understanding of the field." Zofia Mortimer, Pure Applied Geophysics

    "...a splendid job of presenting current streams of thought on the characterization of complexity in nature..." James R. Rice, PAGEOPH

    "...this is an excellent book and can be used as an advanced undergraduate and/or graduate level textbook. This is also an excellent reference for established geologists and geophysicists who wnat to learn about fractals and chaos." Wooil M. Moon, The Leading Edge

    "In a grealty expanded second edition, this very well presented book relates fractals and chaos to a variety of geological and geophysical applications...." Radyadour Kh. Zeytounian, Mathematical Reviews

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: July 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521567336
    • length: 416 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 203 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.88kg
    • contains: 222 b/w illus. 4 colour illus. 176 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to the second edition
    1. Scale invariance
    2. Definition of a fractal set
    3. Fragmentation
    4. Seismicity and tectonics
    5. Ore grade and tonnage
    6. Fractal clustering
    7. Self-affine fractals
    8. Geomorphology
    9. Dynamical systems
    10. Logistic map
    11. Slider-block models
    12. Lorenz equations
    13. Is mantle convection chaotic?
    14. Rikitake dynamo
    15. Renormalization group method
    16. Self-organized criticality
    17. Where do we stand?
    Appendix A: glossary of terms
    Appendix B: units and symbols
    Answers to selected problems

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