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Geophysics: A Very Short Introduction

William Lowrie

March 2018

ISBN: 9780198792956

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Geophysics is the physics of the Earth. It encompasses seismology, volcanism, plate tectonics, gravitational anomalies, and changes in the Earth's magnetic field (present and past). William Lowrie describes how all these give clues to the structure and working of the planet.

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Geophysics is the physics of the Earth. It encompasses seismology, volcanism, plate tectonics, gravitational anomalies, and changes in the Earth's magnetic field (present and past). William Lowrie describes how all these give clues to the structure and working of the planet.

  • Introduces the important field of geophysics, covering seismology, volcanism, plate tectonics, gravitational anomalies, and the Earth's changing magnetic field as captured in rocks
  • Discusses how geophysicists are able to decipher the structure and workings of the Earth - vital to our understanding of the planet's history, and its continuing evolution
  • Explains the general approaches and methods used in modern geophysics
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over 9 million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

William Lowrie, Professor Emeritus, Swiss Federal Institute Of Technology, Zurich

William Lowrie was elected professor of geophysics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich, Switzerland, in 1974, where he taught and researched until retirement in 2004. His research activity involved interpreting the Earth's magnetic field in the geological past from the magnetizations of dated rocks. The results were applied to the solution of geologic-tectonic problems, and to analysis of the polarity history of the geomagnetic field. He has authored 135 scientific articles, and his books include Fundamentals of Geophysics (Cambridge University Press, second edition 2007); and A Student's Guide to Geophysical Equations, (Cambridge University Press, 2011). He has been President of the European Union of Geosciences (1987-9), and Section President and Council member of the American Geophysical Union (1998-2002). Lowrie was elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 1990, and Member of the Academia Europaea in 2000.

Table of Contents

    What is geophysics?
    Planet earth
    Seismology and Earth's internal structure
    Seismicity - the restless Earth
    Gravity and the figure of the Earth
    Earth's heat
    Earth's magnetic field
    Afterthoughts
    Further Reading
    Index

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