Self-similitude and fractal dimension of sand grains

P. Barak, C. A. Seybold, K. McSweeney

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Fractal theory postulates that geological materials possess a noninteger, fractal dimension describing length-surface-volume relations and particle-size distribution. The authors examined sand grains, composed largely of quartz, from several horizons of Wisconsin soils derived from glacial outwash for fractal dimension using image analysis of reflected light micrographs with NIH Image software. No evidence was found to support other than a Euclidean, i.e., regular dimension. Fractal theory would not appear to provide a useful description for these soil materials. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)72-76
Number of pages5
JournalSoil Science Society of America Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Soil Science

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