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A guide providing selected resources and other information for beginning research on the topic of Geophysics.
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Selected Books

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Fundamentals of Geophysics - William Lowrie
Call Number: QC 806 .L67 1997
ISBN: 0521467284
an updated electronic version is available

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An Introduction to Applied and Environmental Geophysics - John M. Reynolds
Call Number: QC 808.5 .R49 2011
ISBN: 0471485357

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Introduction to Seismology - Peter M. Shearer
Call Number: QE 534.3 .S54 2009
ISBN: 0521708427

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Encyclopedia of Earthquakes and Volcanoes - David Ritchie; Alexander E. Gates
Call Number: QE 521 .R58 2001
ISBN: 0816043728


What is Geophysics?

"Study of the Earth by quantitative physical methods.  Basic divisions include solid-earth geophysics, physics of the atmosphere and hydrosphere, and solar-terrestrial physics.  There are numerous specialties within the field, e.g. seismology, tectonophysics, engineering geophysics."  Glossary of Geology, 4th ed., American Geological Institute

Selected Web Resources

  • National Geophysical Data Center
    part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, stating on its website "NGDC's Mission is to provide long-term scientific data stewardship for the Nation's geophysical data, ensuring quality, integrity, and accessibility."
  • American Geophysical Union
    homepage for an international scientific association
  • Society of Exploration Geophysicists
    "a not-for-profit organization that promotes the science of applied geophysics and the education of geophysicists." (taken from SEG website)
  • National Earthquake Information Center - NEIC
    Part of USGS responsible for determining location and size of all significant earthquakes which occur worldwide. NEIC is the national data center and archive for earthquake information.
  • Seismological Society of America
    (from SSA website) - "an international scientific society devoted to the advancement of seismology and the understanding of earthquakes for the benefit of society."
  • Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society
    an applied scientific organization whose mission is "to promote the science of geophysics especially as it is applied to environmental and engineering problems" (from EEGS website)
  • Earthquake Hazards Program
    from the USGS, contains near realtime information on earthquakes, various types of data, maps, photos and information on earthquake preparedness
  • Kentucky Geological Survey
    the official geologic research organization for the Commonwealth of Kentucky

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