Cambridge Core – Solid Earth Geophysics – Fundamentals of Geophysics – by William Lowrie. This second edition of Fundamentals of Geophysics has been completely revised and updated, and is the ideal WILLIAM LOWRIE. Swiss Federal Institute of. Geophysics is the physics of the Earth. Central to the Earth Sciences today, it encompasses areas such as seismology, volcanism, plate.

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Geophysics is the physics of the Earth. Central to the Earth Sciences today, it encompasses areas such as seismology, volcanism, plate tectonics, gravitational anomalies, and the Earth’s magnetic field present and past, as captured in rocksall of which give clues to both the structure and the working of the Earth.

In this Very Short IntroductionWilliam Lowrie describes the internal and external processes that affect the planet, as well as the principles and methods of geophysics used to investigate geophysice. He explains how analysis of the seismic waves produced in earthquakes reveals the internal structure of the Earth.

Geophysicists have established that the greatest source of energy powering geological processes is the Earth’s internal heat. Deep inside the Earth, the temperature is high enough to produce a fluid outer core of molten iron.

It is the motion in this molten iron layer that produces the Earth’s magnetic field, which shields the planet against harmful radiation from the Sun and outer space, and thus makes the planet habitable. Lowrie describes how the magnetic field also magnetizes rocks during their formation, leaving a permanent record of the ancient field and its geopphysics that geophysicists have learned to use to interpret past motions of the continents and tectonic plates. From analyzes of Earth’s deepest geohysics to measurements made from Earth-orbiting satellites, Lowrie shows how geophysical exploration is vitally important in the search for mineral resources, and emphasizes our need to understand the history of our planet and the processes that govern its continuing evolution.


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Gravity and the figure of the Earth 5. Earth’s magnetic field Afterthoughts Further Reading Index. William Lowrie was elected professor of geophysics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, inwhere he taught and researched until retirement in His research activity involved interpreting the Earth’s magnetic field in the geological past from the magnetizations of dated rocks.

powrie The results were applied to the solution of geologic-tectonic problems, and to analysis of the polarity history of the geomagnetic field. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.


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Ebook This title is available as an ebook. To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider. A Very Short Introduction William Lowrie Very Short Introductions 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 – millions of copies sold worldwide.

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