Fractal dimensions and lengths of rivers in south-east Australia
Authors: Gan, K. C.; McMahon, T. A.; Finlayson, B. L.
Source: Cartographic Journal, The, Volume 29, Number 1, June 1992 , pp. 31-34(4)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:The fractal dimensions of 13 major rivers in south-east Australia were measured from the 1:100 000 scale maps and compared, giving values of between 1.06 and 1.2. The concept of fractal length is introduced, and for five rivers, measurements made on maps of three different scales showed this quantity to be relatively independent of map scale and fineness of measurement while the conventionally defined river length showed considerable variation. The fractal dimension is also graphically related to the sinuosity index of a river.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1992-06-01