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Figure 3: Vertical asymmetry. Because high level, low-frequency dynamics (here shown at the top of the hierarchy with a notional process rate of fx10-4) are progressively less sensitive to the effects of higher frequency processes, then as one descends the hierarchy towards increasingly high-frequency processes, a level is reached at which processes operate so rapidly that they are invisible at the high, low process rate level and instead present as a static boundary condition.

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