McCaffrey, K.J. and Petford, N., 1997. Are granitic intrusions scale invariant? Journal of the Geological Society, 154 (1), pp. 1-4.
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Published length (L) and thickness (T) data on 135 laccolith and 21 granite intrusions define power-law relationships of the form L=kTa typical of systems exhibiting scale invariant (fractal) behaviour. Both data sets are characterised by an exponent a< 1 (0.88 ±0.1 for laccoliths and 0.80 ± 0.20 for plutons) that reflects an inherent preference for scale invariant tabular-sheet geometries. These power-law size relationships can be explained in mechanical terms by the need for an incoming magma sheet to travel laterally some distance before vertical thickening can occur. Sheet thickness is a function of available magma pressure which for an intrusion fed by a feeder dyke is proportional to the vertical magma transport distance.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Granites, intrusions, magmas, shape, fractals|
|Subjects:||Science > Earth Sciences|
|Group:||University Executive Team|
|Deposited By:||Ms MJ Bowden|
|Deposited On:||07 Dec 2007|
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