Register to reply

Geostatistics: Power Law

by ralden
Tags: geostatistics, power
Share this thread:
Jun23-13, 05:13 AM
P: 19
Many natural hazards or geological phenomena satisfy power-law (fractal) frequency-size statistics to a good approximation for medium and large events. Examples include earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, asteroid impacts, landslides, and forest fires. So my questions is that, Why geological phenomena exhibit a power law distribution, and how special is that kind of statistical distribution?
Phys.Org News Partner Earth sciences news on
Jun24-13, 09:10 AM
P: 749
Good question.

I'm not sure why the power law distribution is so ubiquitous throughout the Earth sciences, and indeed it is ubiquitous throughout nature, and even in manmade systems such as the stock market.

Why it is there I do not know. But it is not special, it is quite common.

Register to reply

Related Discussions
Looking for a description of power loss in Latex tubing work in/power out General Physics 1
Maximum Power transfer theorem ( Power dissipation in resistors in circuits) General Physics 4
How to design a nuclear power plant reactor power control system ? Nuclear Engineering 25
Vibration shaker: electr. output power of piezodevice exceeds mechanical input power Advanced Physics Homework 0
Explain Why Wind Power Works But Permanent Magnet Power Doesn't General Physics 10