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Fractal analysis of bathymetry and gravity profiles across the Chagos-Laccadive Ridge and the Carlsberg Ridge in the Indian Ocean


Gravity and bathymetry data have been extensively used to infer the thermo-mechanical evolution of different segments of the oceanic lithosphere. It is now understood that magmatic fluid processes involved in the accretion of oceanic crust are spatially complex and episodic. The nature of these processes which are in general nonlinear, can be described using fractal analysis of marine geophysical data. Fractal analysis has been carried out for gravity and bathymetry profiles over the aseismic Chagos-Laccadive Ridge and the spreading Carlsberg Ridge. The Iterated Function Systems (IFS) have been used to generate synthetic profiles of known dimension (D) and these are compared with the observed profiles. The D for the data sets are in the range of 1–1.5. The D for gravity profiles is less than those of bathymetry and the D for gravity and bathymetry over spreading ridge is higher than the aseismic ridge. The low fractal dimension indicates that the processes generating them are of low dimensional dynamical systems.

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Ashalatha, B., Singh, R.N. Fractal analysis of bathymetry and gravity profiles across the Chagos-Laccadive Ridge and the Carlsberg Ridge in the Indian Ocean. Proc. Indian Acad. Sci. (Earth Planet Sci.) 108, 81–85 (1999).

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