The Random Model in Fluvial Geomorphology.
IBM THOMAS J WATSON RESEARCH CENTER YORKTOWN HEIGHTS N Y
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The paper describes a model of drainage basin composition that is primarily based on two postulates suggested by investigations of the role of randomness in drainage network development. The postulates are 1 the topology of channel networks is random 2 link lengths are independent random variables drawn from a common distribution. A third postulate, introduced to explain areal properties, is that the dimensionless parameter K studied by Melton and Shreve is approximately unity. Examples of the appplication of the random model in description, estimation, and explanation of drainage basin properties are given. Author
- Geology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy