(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2010)

Document title

Hillslopes, rivers, plows, and trucks : mass transport on Earth's surface by natural and technological processes

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

HAFF P.K. (1) ;
(1) Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke Univ., Durham, ETATS-UNIS


Most of the world's mass-action is generated by the motion of fluids of global or continental extent, as in atmospheric circulation or river flow. Technological mass-action exceeds that of all land-based geomorphic systems except rivers. Technological systems with large mass-action tend to be comprised of discrete, self-powered units (e.g. trucks). Discretization of transported mass reflects the different locomotion strategy required for transport of solids on land, compared with the transport requirements of spatially extensive fluids in nature. The principle of maximum entropy production may provide a framework for understanding the emergence of advective, technological mass-transport systems


Article of periodic

published at : Earth surface processes and landforms / ISSN 0197-9337 / CODEN ESPLDB

Editor : Wiley, Chichester - ROYAUME-UNI (1981)

Millesime : 2010, vol. 35, no10 [pp. 1157-1166]

Bibliographic references : 35 ref.

Collation : 2 fig., 1 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 17355

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