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GEOL2014 Global Geophysics



The aim of the course is to introduce the concepts, methods and results of solid Earth geophysics. The course examines the theory, application and limitations of geophysical methods and reviews their contribution to our knowledge of the surface and interior of the Earth.


Topics include

  • Plate tectonics and Euler poles
  • Gravity, the shape of the Earth, isostasy and moment of inertia
  • Elasticity and equations of state
  • Seismic waves, refraction and reflection seismology
  • Earthquakes, cause, mechanism, location, distribution, magnitude, intensity, prediction control
  • Thermodynamics, laws of thermodynamics, free energies, thermoelastic coupling
  • The deep Earth, Earth structure, seismic ray paths, Earth composition, mineralogy, physical properties and processes
  • Thermal evolution, heat sources, isotopes, rheology, viscosity, diffusion, creep, mantle, convection, geotherm
  • Magnetism, magnetic moments, magnetic field, Earth's core, geodynamo, reversals, planetary magnetism
  • Introduction to Remote Sensing
Title Global Geophysics
UG Code GEOL2014
Coordinator Prof Lidunka Vocadlo
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Term 1
Credit 0.5 CU
Written Exam 80%   Past Exam Papers
Coursework 20%
Pre-Requisites GEOL1004 Dynamic Earth
Maths & Stats Content and Requirement Algebra, trigonometry and calculus.
Total Number of Hours of Student Work 188 hours
Hours of Lectures/Seminars 20 hours
Hours of Practicals/Problem Classes 20 hours
Hours of Tutorials 0
Days of Fieldwork 0
Other None

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