The analysis of fracture profiles of soil using fractal geometry

I. M. Young, J. W. Crawford

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The fracture profiles of three soils (taken from Dexter and Horn 1988) are analysed according to their fractal dimensions, D. D, which is a measure of how the ‘apparent’ length of a fracture path increases with decreasing ruler size, is found to be a good quantifier of the tortuousity of fracture paths. The fractal analysis is compared with a more traditional statistical method of analysing fracture profiles. It is shown that the latter method, unlike fractal analysis, can omit a significant proportion of a tortuous fracture path and therefore leads to an underestimate of any roughness parameter. © 1992, CSIRO. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-295
Number of pages5
JournalAustralian Journal of Soil Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Soil Science


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