# Fractal Explorer

## Fractals in nature

There are fractals nearly everywhere you look in the nature. But it is often not easy to determine objects to be fractal objects. I.e. if you see a tree. What do you see? There is a trunk which lead to randomly positioned branches. If you dont know anything about fractals a tree might seem as a very random object. No patterns, no rules. But if you know something about fractals and look closer you can see that basically a tree is a trunk with trees on it. That is a basic pattern that every tree follows.

Another example is fern: Once detected as a fractal object it turns out to be a stem with lots of ferns on it.

This method of observation can be applied to lots of objects:

- coast lines
- mountains
- system of blood vessels
- river networks
- snowflakes
- crystals

Although these examples are often approximate fractals the "fractal point of view" helps us to understand them better and calculate or simulate them.