Why, in many landscapes, does ridge–valley spacing show such regularity? The combination of high-resolution data and an elegant model offers a solution to this long-standing puzzle, for some cases at least.
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Whipple, K. Landscape texture set to scale. Nature 460, 468–469 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1038/460468a