Randomly pinned landscape evolution Academic Article uri icon


  • A simple scheme for the evolution of a fluvial landscape in heterogeneous environments is critically examined to capture the essential mechanism responsible for the recurrent scale-free landforms in the river basin. It is shown that, regardless of boundary and initial conditions, geomorphological constraints in the form of quenched randomly pinned regions play a key role in the robust emergence of aggregation patterns with a scaling behavior in agreement with that of real river basins. 1997 The American Physical Society.

published proceedings

  • Physical Review E

author list (cited authors)

  • Caldarelli, G., Giacometti, A., Maritan, A., Rodriguez-Iturbe, I., & Rinaldo, A.

citation count

  • 49

complete list of authors

  • Caldarelli, Guido||Giacometti, Achille||Maritan, Amos||Rodriguez-Iturbe, Ignacio||Rinaldo, Andrea

publication date

  • May 1997