Mandel zoom 11 satellite double spiral

A fractal is a pattern that repeats at different scales, and examples are all around us. Technically, we call shapes like this “Self-Similar” because a little piece of the shape looks similar to itself. This fern shows a rough self-similarity, being made of little copies of the same overall shape.

Super-volcano Tierazon fractal Tiera4414

fractals – Because they appear similar at all levels of magnification, fractals are often considered to be infinitely complex (in informal terms). Natural objects that approximate fractals to a degree include clouds, mountain ranges, lightning bolts, coastlines, and snow flakes.