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Mathematical and Image Analysis of Stromatolite Morphogenesis

Batchelor, Murray; Burne, Robert; Henry, B I; Watt, S D

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Stromatolites are internally laminated organosedimentary structures that result from the environmental interactions of Benthic Microbial Communities. They have been traditionally described and classified either by quasi-Linnean taxonomic systems or by morphometric schemes. Neither of these approaches has proved entirely satisfactory. The application of the mathematics of evolving surfaces provides a promising alternative for the modelling and classification of stromatolites in terms of their...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorBatchelor, Murray
dc.contributor.authorBurne, Robert
dc.contributor.authorHenry, B I
dc.contributor.authorWatt, S D
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T23:11:42Z
dc.date.available2015-12-13T23:11:42Z
dc.identifier.issn0882-8121
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/87703
dc.description.abstractStromatolites are internally laminated organosedimentary structures that result from the environmental interactions of Benthic Microbial Communities. They have been traditionally described and classified either by quasi-Linnean taxonomic systems or by morphometric schemes. Neither of these approaches has proved entirely satisfactory. The application of the mathematics of evolving surfaces provides a promising alternative for the modelling and classification of stromatolites in terms of their morphogenesis. The suggestion of Grotzinger and Rothman that stromatolite-growth in general could be attributed to a combination of four processes that constitute the variables of the Kardar-Parisi-Zhang (KPZ) equation has been analyzed and found to be an oversimplification. While some stromatolites can be characterized in this way, because of local growth effects, the majority of stromatolite forms exhibit nonlocal growth characteristic of Laplacian growth. Work is being undertaken to model such growth.
dc.publisherInternational Association for Mathematical Geology
dc.sourceMathematical Geology
dc.subjectKeywords: classification; image analysis; mathematical analysis; morphogenesis; stromatolite KPZ equation; Laplacian growth; Morphogenesis; Stromatolites
dc.titleMathematical and Image Analysis of Stromatolite Morphogenesis
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
local.identifier.citationvolume35
dc.date.issued2003
local.identifier.absfor060206 - Palaeoecology
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub17098
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationBatchelor, Murray, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationBurne, Robert, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationHenry, B I, University of New South Wales
local.contributor.affiliationWatt, S D, University of New South Wales
local.bibliographicCitation.issue7
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage789
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage803
local.identifier.doi10.1023/B:MATG.0000007779.17079.fd
dc.date.updated2015-12-12T08:28:36Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-4344584267
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