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Exploring the Earth's Interior: An introduction to Solid Earth Geophysics - GEOS345

The unit covers the fundamental physics of the solid Earth, including modelling and assessment of geophysical data to understand the working of the Earth's interior. The emphasis is on physical principles and their application to interpret surface observations. Major topics covered in this unit include the thermochemical state of the Earth, potential field methods, global seismology, the physics of plate tectonics, and inverse problems. Computational modelling and scientific programming will be used in practicals. Additional minor subjects include thermodynamics of the Earth, elastic and non-elastic processes in the Earth, rock mechanics, earthquake seismology, and mineral physics.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S2 Day - Session 2, North Ryde, Day

Staff Contact(s): Associate Professor Juan Carlos Afonso

GEOS385 and 3cp from PHYS or MATH units Prerequisite Information


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Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Faculty of Science and Engineering

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