Using morphospaces to understand tafoni development

Rob Inkpen, Kevin Hall

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Tafoni research has tended to focus on issues around definition and differences rather than trying to develop general concepts for understanding the nature of tafoni. This paper uses the concepts of fitness landscapes and morphospaces to develop a standardized and dimensionless phase space within which to represent, visualize and analyse a dataset of 800 tafoni collected from Antarctica. Within this phase space it is possible to identify clustering of tafoni forms and to illustrate how tafoni development is constrained by a relational hierarchy of rock structure, processes and geometry or form.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-199
Early online date10 Mar 2016
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2016


  • tafoni
  • development
  • fitness landscapes
  • morphospaces


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