The Geological Utility of Random Process Models
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The concept of a random process can provide an otherwise elusive link between a conceptual geological model and a formal geomathematical model. Due to the fundamental complexity of the phenomena he studies, the geologist is usually unable to formulate his ideas in ways which lead from “first principles,” to precise quantitative evaluation. Yet assumptions regarding probabilistic mechanisms can be simple and intuitively appealing, while at the same time leading to highly flexible mathematical models.