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About this book
About this book
This second edition of Fundamentals of Geophysics has been completely revised and updated. It gives a comprehensive treatment of the fundamental principles of each major branch of geophysics, and presents geophysics within the wider context of plate tectonics, geodynamics and planetary science. Basic principles are explained with the aid of numerous figures and step-by-step mathematical treatments, and important geophysical results are illustrated with examples from the scientific literature. This new edition also includes review questions at the end of each chapter to help assess the reader's understanding of the topics covered and quantitative exercises for more thorough evaluation.
Preface; 1. The Earth as a planet; 2. Gravity and the figure of the Earth; 3. Seismology and the internal structure of the Earth; 4. Earth's age, thermal and electrical properties; 5. Geomagnetism and paleomagnetism; Index.
William Lowrie is Professor Emeritus of Geophysics at the Institute of Geophysics at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland, where he has taught and carried out research for over thirty years. His research interests include rock magnetism, magnetostratigraphy, and tectonic applications of paleomagnetic methods.
381 pages, 198 line diagrams, 189 half-tones, 107 exercises
Reviews from the 1st edition 'Bill Lowrie is to be congratulated with this superb effort. I highly recommend this volume as a must-have, middle-level, highly instructive textbook that makes for enjoyable reading at an easily affordable price.' Tectonophysics 'A book like this defines the subject ! The scientific treatment is meticulous. Each topic is described precisely and clearly ! an excellent resource for the intermediate student.' Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors 'This superb textbook manages to bear the weight of the complex mathematics associated with the study of the Earth's surface and interior. William Lowrie simplifies the maths to about second-year degree level ! an excellent textbook.' New Scientist 'The book is well illustrated and clearly presented. I have already found it helpful in teaching second-year geology students and have no doubt that it will be a useful reference book for undergraduates.' Geological Magazine