Fractal analysis of surface drainage networks for small upland areas

B. N. Wilson, D. E. Storm

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A fractal analysis is given of surface drainage networks obtained from erosion plot data. Of particular interest is the comparison of the fractal dimension of micro-basins to that of major river systems. Fractal dimensions were estimated using Richardson's method and using a relationship based on Horton's bifurcation and length ratios. The small-scale fractal dimensions obtained in this study are generally in good agreement with reported values for large-scale river systems. The article also derives the fractal dimension of networks in a framework that allows differences in previously proposed relationships to be delineated. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1319-1326
Number of pages8
JournalTransactions - American Society of Agricultural Engineers
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993


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