Principles of Geophysics

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9780865420762: Principles of Geophysics

Principles of Geophysics is an essential, comprehensive resource for researchers and students, emphasizing both the physical basis and practical uses of geophysical methods. In addition, it covers the fundamentals of exploration and the global aspects of geophysics.

The authors cover geophysics across a broad spectrum--from basic concepts to advanced mathematical formulae--thereby helping readers from diverse backgrounds to understand the structures, processes and applications of geophysics. Worked examples and a detailed index of equations, symbols and mathematical concepts aid in comprehension and make the book an excellent reference. Chapters are organized into topical self-contained units to suit a diverse readership. The chapters proceed from background theory to rigorous analysis, gradually escalating in mathematical complexity. This format enables the reader to develop either a qualitative understanding of only the material and/or to follow the calculations. The text contains over 200 illustrations.

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This textbook will be a standard for undergraduate courses in global geophysics and exploration geophysics. Unlike other recent texts, it is organized along the classical basic disciplines of geophysics. Only elementary calculus is assumed of the student, and the level of mathematics escalates through each chapter so that the book can be used by both geology and geophysics students. The reader will be aided by the use of worked examples and discussion of methodological and computational pitfalls, and notes on further reading lead the student into the research literature. The manuscript has been thoroughly field tested in a number of university departments.

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Nature, September 1998

'...well written, adopts a novel approach, and concentrates on the underlying physics. The level of difficulty increases through the book, but each chapter has a clearly written introduction in which the key physical concepts are outlined...I wholeheartedly recommend Principles of Geophysics to any research geophysicist or graduate student, and as a key library text for teaching.'

Pure and Applied Geophysics, November 1998

'...this book provides an up-to-date presentation, applied to the methodology of interpretation, notions and theories.'

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