In a virtual multidimensional space whose coordinate axes are integral characteristics, such as logarithms of the abundance and size of individuals, as well as the components of species diversity, the points that correspond to samples from various biocenotic assemblages form multilayered geometric figures of a similar shape. As was shown based on examples of pelagic macrofauna in the Bering Sea, Sea of Okhotsk, Sea of Japan, and adjacent waters of the Pacific Ocean, as well as phytoplankton, zooplankton, and zoobenthos in Lake Ladoga, Neva Bay, and the Gulf of Finland in the Baltic Sea, these figures possess some properties of fractals. This phenomenon results from the multidimensional domain of the integral characteristics, in which a multitude of points is aggregated along a segment, whose length and orientation relative to the coordinate axes reflects universal power laws at the biocenotic level of the organization of matter; power laws, such as y = a · x b , are known to be an unlimited source of self-similarity and scale invariance.
Russian Journal of Marine Biology – Springer Journals
Published: Jan 4, 2013
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