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p. 11. What is geophysics?locked

p. 11. What is geophysics?locked

  • William Lowrie


Geophysics is a field of earth sciences that uses the methods of physics to investigate the complex physical properties of the Earth and the natural processes that have determined and continue to govern its evolution. ‘What is geophysics?’ explains how geophysical investigations cover a wide range of research fields—including planetary gravitational and magnetic fields and seismology—extending from surface changes that can be observed from Earth-orbiting satellites to complex behaviour in the Earth’s deep interior. The timescale of processes occurring in the Earth also has a very broad range, from earthquakes lasting a few seconds to the motions of tectonic plates that take place over tens of millions of years.

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