A. Block, W. von Bloh, T. Klenke, and H.-J. Schellnhuber
Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth 96(B10), 16223-16230 (1991)
Fachbereich Physik and Institut für Chemie und Biologie des Meeres, Universität Oldenburg, 26111 Oldenburg, Germany.
A novel method for the quantitative characterization of density distributions of elements in sedimentary geosystems is presented. This general technique
is based on the multifractal analysis of image-processed elemental maps obtained by scanning electron microscopy combined with energy dispersive X
ray spectrometry. Applications to microdistributions of Si, Fe, and Al in recent bioactive siliciclastic marine sediments are reported. Inhomogeneous
scaling behavior of these elemental distributions is observed in all cases. Two main conclusions can be drawn: (1) The sedimentary matrix exhibits true
fractal geometry and (2) the processes allocating and rearranging the elements are not of pure stochastic type. Therefore the identification of genetic
processes may be possible on the basis of their ''multifractal fingerprints''.