Comparative complexity of continental divides on five continents

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dc.contributor.advisor Rice-Snow, Robin S.
dc.contributor.author Balakrishnan, Aneesha B. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-09T15:33:59Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-09T15:33:59Z
dc.date.created 2010 en_US
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/123456789/193651
dc.description.abstract The main focus of the present study is to identify and integrate the factors affecting the degree of irregularity of five continental divide traces, as expressed by their fractal characteristics measured by the divider method. The factors studied are climate, relief and tectonic environment. The second objective of this study is to determine the relationship between uplift rates and divide trace fractal dimension. Analysis of the results suggests that the degree of irregularity of continental divide traces at fine scale (approximately 10-70 km of resolution) is strongly affected by both climate and tectonics. It is found that control of the factors is generally weaker at coarse scale (above approximately 70 km of resolution). Generic relief should be ranked below both climate and tectonic environment as a factor affecting the complexity of continental divide traces. In terms of the second objective, the fractal dimension at fine scales follows a weakly inverse relationship with uplift. At coarse scale, there is stronger inverse relationship between uplift rate and fractal dimension.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Geological Sciences
dc.description.tableofcontents Introduction -- Methodology -- Geomorphic environment -- Evaluation of results -- Significance of control factors -- Conclusion.
dc.format.extent viii, 78 p. : digital, PDF file, ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) en_US
dc.source CardinalScholar 1.0 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Watersheds -- Mathematical models. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Geomorphology -- Mathematical models.
dc.subject.lcsh Fractals.
dc.title Comparative complexity of continental divides on five continents en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.S.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1562866 en_US


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