Amazing Satellite Photos of Fractal Patterns on Earth

 

Fractals occur naturally in every scale of life from the inconceivably large to the microscopic, and as I have always said, one needs to observe their surroundings and marvel at this amazing natural phenomenaPaul Bourke, a computer scientist at the University of Western Australia, started documented intriguing fractal patterns spread across the world, using Google Earth. 

Bourke looked at the different landscapes and areas across the globe; from mountain ranges, rivers, forests, sand dunes to wetlands, and when zoomed out, these landscapes formed replicating fractal patterns.  For example, if you look at a leaf, the veins bifurcate into even finer veins and they subdivide once again into even finer veins and this entire surface of the leaf resembles fractal characteristics. 

The same principle can be found in rivers – tributaries branching off the main river, and so forth, following a similar pattern until you get down to the smallest springs.  Even the ridges and mountain tops add to the amazing texture of each landscape, branching in and out in such extraordinarily beautiful patterns. 

It is unbelievable and beyond our imagination how Earth is brimming with fractal patterns, it’s a fractal world we are living in!

USA

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Spain

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Malaysia

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South Africa

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Russia

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Greenland

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Australia

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Canada

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Saudi Arabia

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Algeria

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Norway

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Alaska

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Burma

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Angola

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Source:  Paul Bourke

 

 

 

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