The staircase structure of the Southern Brazilian Continental Shelf

M. S. Baptista, L A Conti

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We show some evidences that the Southeastern Brazilian Continental Shelf (SBCS) has a devil's staircase structure, with a sequence of scarps and terraces with widths that obey fractal formation rules. Since the formation of these features is linked with the sea-level variations, we say that the sea level changes in an organized pulsating way. Although the proposed approach was applied in a particular region of the Earth, it is suitable to be applied in an integrated way to other shelves around the world, since the analyses favor the revelation of the global sea-level variations. Copyright (C) 2009 M. S. Baptista and L. A. Conti.

Original languageEnglish
Article number624861
Number of pages17
JournalMathematical Problems in Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • complete devils staircase
  • sea-level
  • circle maps
  • chaos
  • universality
  • topography
  • floor
  • ocean
  • circulation
  • dimensions


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