Rouai, M. and Jaaidi, E.B. (2003) Scaling properties of landslides in the Rif mountains of Morocco. Engineering Geology, 68 (3-4). pp. 353-359.

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Landslides in the central Rif mountains (Morocco) were analyzed by multifractal analysis. Our results suggest that spatial distribution of landslides in the region is not a homogeneous fractal structure but a heterogeneous one with generalized dimensions D(1) = 1.713>D(2)>...>D(12) =1.325. The value of D(12) =D(∞) is the fractal dimension of the most intensive clustering in the heterogeneous fractal set. It is worthwhile to note that we found D(0) <D(1). The analysis of areas affected by sliding from the geological map of Beni Ahmed at a scale 1:50000 shows the power law size distribution: N(A>a) αa-1.57. This confirms the scale invariance of sliding and suggests that real landslides may exhibit a Self-Organized Criticality (SOC) behaviour. © 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fractals; Geology, Fractal structures, Landslides, fractal analysis; landslide; power law; self organization, Morocco
Subjects: Earth and Planetary Sciences
Divisions: SCIENTIFIC PRODUCTION > Earth and Planetary Sciences
Depositing User: Administrateur Eprints Administrateur Eprints
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