Morphological analysis of tidal deltas (and materials and meshes for integrated circuits)

A very interesting paper that I noticed in the latest PNAS:

Self-organization of tidal deltas

Sergio Fagherazzi

Tidal deltas are characterized by a dendritic network of distributaries that transport water and sediments to the ocean. Here, I show that the distributaries self-organize to uniformly redistribute the tidal prism across the entire delta system. The 2 opposite mechanisms of channel formation by avulsion and channel abandonment drive the entire delta toward a critical state at which every channel is close to the silting threshold. Under these conditions the delta reaches self-organized criticality, with changes of its planimetric channel distribution occurring across several spatial scales.

While you are at it, the same issue of PNAS also carries a piece titled Materials and noncoplanar mesh designs for integrated circuits with linear elastic response to extreme mechanical deformations. Have fun!

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