It seems a bit off to be writing about fractals – to even be interested in learning more about the term. A company involved in the organic landscape and construction industry should probably stay in their lane, right? Eh, that’s not really our style to be honest.
We’ve been pondering about fractals and their relationships in nature for a little while now and quite frankly, it’s pretty amazing.
Fractals in nature remain one of the many fantastical designs of Mother Nature; infinite complex forms born of their own self-similar patterns; natural solutions that nature has designed to define order in a seemingly disorganized realm.
Fractal patterns are innately familiar because of the architecture of the environment. The structure of trees, rivers, even the human lung system can all be better defined with fractal application.
Fractals can be found at all levels, from particles to whole organisms and through the cosmos. The natural cycles of the world are capable of linking these scales, transferring energy across systems and serving as a medium for cyclical rhythms such as photosynthesis.
For our purposes, we touch upon the theory that plant health is derived from a fractal system.
The cycle of photosynthesis is fueled by sunlight and the biogeochemical interactions that transfer and transform elements. This energy is delicately delegated between light and dark reactions, traveling from the sun into the plant-root-soil interface and looping backed into the atmosphere through respiration.
The fractal structure of roots allow for the exudation of energy into the microbial biome and the absorption of nutrients. Branches, veins, leaves of a plant allow for efficiency in the distribution of energy to the stomata. From sun to soil, each fractal structure interacts with the next, bridging space and time together for the creation of an organic and sustainable system.
Because fractals are considered hyper-efficient, it can be said that cycles such as photosynthesis depend on fractal design for success. Failure of recursion can subsequently effect plant fertility and inhibit all connected variables such as rhizospheric health. An entire ecosystem can experience disturbance with enough structural weakness.
Fractal cycles can also warrant richness in nature, diversity and evolutionary succession. Nature is full of cycles where they can generate the restoration and regeneration of the environment. Over time, the interconnectedness of fractal structure and design increase; energy transfer becomes more dynamic. This complexity also increases the stability of the landscape and can represent ecological adaptation.
Again we look deeper at plant fertility; the life cycles, behaviors and dependent characteristics linking all ecologies across the landscaped surface. Without fractal structure and application, would plant health be supported? Would Earth’s entire natural ecosystem remain viable? Are fractals the key to ecological fertility? These are questions we acknowledge, look to explore, and urge the scientific community to continue considering as well.
What are your thoughts? Have you ever heard the term “fractal?” Any new insight would be FRACTASTIC!
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