# 20 What are the seahorse and the elephant valleys?

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This article is from the sci.fractals
FAQ, by Michael C. Taylor and Jean-Pierre Louvet with numerous
contributions by others.

# 20 What are the seahorse and the elephant valleys?

The Mandelbrot set being the most famous fractal, its various

regions are well known and many of them have popular names evoking

graphic details found by zooming into them. The seahorse valley is the

limit border of the main cardioid at the negative side of the x axis

(near to x=-0.75, y=0.0). You can see here convoluted and complex buds

looking more or less like seahorses. The elephant valley is near the

symetry plane on the positive side of the x axis (x=0.25, y=0.0).

Spirals protuding from the border evoke trunks of elephants. By

zooming in these regions many interesting structures can be seen.

A nice guide (by Paul Derbyshire) to explore the various regions of

the Mandelbrot set can be found at :

http://chat.carleton.ca/~pderbysh/manguide.htlm

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