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Landscape texture set to scale

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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Figure 1: Uniformity in ridge–valley spacing.


Figure 2: Tentative interpretation of geological and climatic influences on valley spacing.


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Whipple, K. Landscape texture set to scale. Nature 460, 468–469 (2009).

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