This second edition of Fundamentals of Geophysics has been completely revised and updated, and is the ideal geophysics textbook for undergraduate students of geoscience with an introductory level of knowledge in physics and mathematics. 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. Text-boxes are used for auxiliary explanations and to handle topics of interest for more advanced students. 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. Solutions to the exercises and electronic copies of the figures are available at www.cambridge.org/9780521859028.
Table of Contents
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.