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An Introduction to Seismology, Earthquakes, and Earth Structure


By: S Stein and M Wysession

498 pages, Figs, tabs, maps


Paperback | Sep 2002 | #107891 | ISBN: 0865420785
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Undergraduate textbook offering an introduction to seismology and its role in the earth sciences. It gives an overview for students of geophysics and tectonics, and provides a strong foundation for further studies in seismology.

This outstanding book is without equal, and it will endure for many years as an indispensable reference for earth scientists and engineers as well as a great resource for students. (Choice, April 2003) "An Introduction to Seismology, Earthquakes, and Earth Structure belongs on the shelf of every seismologist...a fantastic resource for interesting examples, challenging problems, added coverage for selected topics, and as a general reference resource. This book is destined to become a classic."--Clifford Thurber, University of Wisconsin, Madison, EOS Transactions, June 2003 "All in all, it is an indispensable reference for serious students of solid-Earth geophysics."--Heidi Houston, UCLA, Physics Today, October 2003 "...the authors' methodical approach and transition through the subject make it a suitable text with which to build on undergraduate studies...If you have found seismology and earth structure an interesting aspect of your earth science studies this book is a valuable next step, supporting the authors' contention that seismology should be part of the education of every solid earth scientist." (The Open University Geological Society Journal, May 2004) "There is no doubt that the publication is a valuable learning tool for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students and a useful reference book not only for seismologists but also for solid earth scientists in general." (The (Newsletter of the EGU), September 2004) "This is an extremely well-written, innovative and well-received overview-cum-textbook for use by first-year graduate students. The approach is more modern and useful than other available seismology textbooks." (Natural Hazards, April 2005) "In spite of the fact that the book has been written as a textbook, it also makes a good addition to any geophysicist's bookshelf as a 'quick reference' as the clear writing makes it easy to absorb information quickly when reading out of sequence." (Surveys in Geophysics)


Preface. Acknowledgments. 1 Introduction. 2 Basic Seismological Theory. 3 Seismology and Earth Structure. 4 Earthquakes. 5 Seismology and Plate Tectonics. 6 Seismograms as Signals. 7 Inverse Problems. Appendix: Mathematical and Computational Background. Reference. Solutions to selected odd-numbered problems. Index.

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Seth Stein is Professor of Geological Sciences at Northwestern University. He has received the James B Macelwane Medal of the American Geophysical Union, been elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and Geological Society of America, and named to the Institute for Scientific Information Highly Cited Researchers list. He served as Scientific Director of the University Navstar Consortium and on the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology's Executive Committee, and started Northwestern's Environmental Science program. Michael Wysession is an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University. He is the recipient of the Packard Foundation and NSF Presidential Faculty Fellowships for his research into the structure of the Earth's deep interior.

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