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University of Tennessee, Knoxville    
  Dec 11, 2017
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog
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GEOL 501 - Fractal Models in Earth Sciences

3 Credit Hours
An introduction to the theory and methods of fractal analysis as applicable to earth sciences. Topics include deterministic and statistical fractals, self-affine fractals, multifractals, percolation, renormalization group theory, cellular automata, and methods of estimating fractal parameters (e.g., dimension and lacunarity). Applications to be discussed include: characterization of coastlines, drainage basins, and fracture networks; terrain simulation; modeling porous media and hydraulic properties; rock fragmentation; spatial variability of mineral deposits; and temporal variability of earthquakes and floods.
Recommended Background: 6-8 hours of course work in earth sciences, calculus, or consent of instructor.

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