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a. littered wood chips and broken branches that remain after trees have been cut down
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Debris, such as logs, chunks of wood, bark, and branches, in an open forest tract.
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The tangent to the separatrix of the hyperbolic region of the saddle-node is locally transverse to this line.
By using the same arguments presented above it follows that the only possible w-limit for the unstable separatrix of the saddle-node is a periodic orbit which has to surround the six saddle-nodes, see again Figure 4.
Separatrix is a line denoting the geometric place of points where the imaginary part of complex potential v(x, y) is equal to 0.
Coordinates of separatrix points are given in Table I for the step [increment of x] = 1.0 mm.
The outermost closed magnetic field surface is characterized by a zero in the poloidal magnetic field within the vessel known as an "X point" This boundary is called the last closed flux surface (LCFS) or separatrix. Magnetic field surfaces inside the LCFS are closed, confining the plasma ions.
The interaction of the edge plasma with the PFCs is determined by plasma density, temperature, flows, power fluxes, and neutral fluxes and is most intense in the vicinity of the "strike point," where the separatrix intersects with the divertor target plate (see inset in Figure 1).
One is associated with the attractor at zero, the other, with the upper repeller; the lower repeller marks a separatrix, separating the two basins.
4b, the value of m has been reduced sufficiently to cause the intersection of the separatrix of the two basins with the boundary of the attractor, i.e., the basin boundary collision.
Next, we examine the case of separatrix acceleration with [H.sub.0] = 0.
Two equilibria exist in this domain: one lies on the separatrix and is unstable, the second is the stable mixture equilibrium.
These endpoints have domains of attraction bounded by a separatrix running through a third, unstable equilibrium.
The same approach also applies to the case [absolute value of [G.sub.1]] [absolute value of G] < [absolute value of [G.sub.2]]; the difference is that K, is asymptotically stable and [K.sub.2] is a saddle node equilibrium, and all orbits converge to equilibria [K.sub.1] in int [R.sup.2.sub.+] except [K.sub.2] and the separatrixes of [K.sub.2].