Accession Number : AD0664511

Title :   GEOGRAPHY AND THE PROPERTIES OF SURFACES. THE CONTINENT PROBLEM--GEOGRAPHY AND SPATIAL VARIANCE.

Corporate Author : HARVARD UNIV CAMBRIDGE MASS LAB FOR COMPUTER GRAPHICS

Personal Author(s) : Warntz,Christopher W.

Report Date : 22 JAN 1968

Pagination or Media Count : 31

Abstract : Let the earth's surface be regarded as consisting of sets of two kinds of places, land and not-land. In terms of the analysis of variance applied to spatial distributions, how may the fragmented distribution of land over the earth's surface be regarded as grouped into continents, each a separate source of spatial variance. Various variance ratios are investigated in this paper. A first approximation to a rigorous and defensible definition of continents based on spatial considerations alone is given and a more refined method is outlined. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*EARTH(PLANET), ANALYSIS OF VARIANCE), (*TERRAIN, DISTRIBUTION), GEOGRAPHY, MATHEMATICAL ANALYSIS, ISLANDS, STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, PROBABILITY, TABLES(DATA), THEORY, SURFACE PROPERTIES, EPICENTERS, RANGE(DISTANCE)

Subject Categories : Geodesy
      Statistics and Probability

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE