Irreversible Phenomena and Dynamical Systems Analysis in Geosciences

Volume 192 of the series NATO ASI Series pp 493-510

Modeling Geochemical Self Organization

  • Peter J. OrtolevaAffiliated withDepartments of Chemistry and Geology, Indiana UniversityGeo-Chem Research Assoc.

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Rocks of a wide variety of origins can manifest symmetry breaking instabilities and the development of repetitive and other patterns of mineralization. Models are set forth that couple local processes (aqueous reactions, precipitation/dissolution and nucleation of mineral grains) to a variety of transport processes. Linear stability, bifurcation, matched asymptotic and numerical analysis are used.