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Covering both theoretical and applied aspects of geophysics, clear explanations of the physical principles are blended with step-by-step derivations of the key equations and over explanatory figures to explain the internal structure and properties of the planet, including its petroleum and mineral resources.
New topics include the latest data acquisition technologies, such as satellite geophysics, planetary landers, ocean bottom seismometers, and fibre optic methods, as well as recent research developments in ambient noise interferometry, seismic hazard analysis, rheology, and numerical modelling - all illustrated with examples from the scientific literature.
Student-friendly features include separate text boxes with auxiliary explanations and advanced topics of interest; reading lists of foundational, alternative, or more detailed resources; end-of-chapter review questions and an increased number of quantitative exercises. Completely new to this edition is the addition of computational exercises in Python, designed to help students acquire important programming skills and develop a more profound understanding of geophysics.
Table of contents Preface; 1. The Solar System; 2. Plate tectonics; 3. Gravity and the figure of the Earth; 4. Gravity surveying; 5. Rheology of the Earth; 6. Seismology; 7.
Earthquakes and the Earth's internal structure; 8. Geochronology; 9. The Earth's heat; Geoelectricity; The Earth's magnetic field; Paleomagnetism; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.
Review quote 'An impressive overview of key geophysical concepts and the most recent advances. It strikes a unique balance in presenting the history, application, and quantitative theory necessary to understand the structure and dynamics of the Earth and terrestrial planets. The new computer exercises are also a very welcome addition for a modern course in solid-earth geophysics. I highly recommend this book to every student - it makes for compelling reading.
About William Lowrie William Lowrie is Professor Emeritus of Geophysics at the Institute of Geophysics at Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zurich, Switzerland, where he taught geophysics and carried out research in rock magnetism and paleomagnetism. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh in with first class honors in physics, before completing a masters degree in geophysics at the University of Toronto and a doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh.
He received his Ph. His principal research interests include the development and application of methods for full seismic waveform inversion, resolution analysis in tomography, earthquake source inversion, seismic interferometry, and inverse theory. He is a former Fulbright scholar and a current member of the Young Academy of Europe.
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