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Geophysics is a subject of natural science concerned with the physical processes and physical properties of the Earth and its surrounding space environment.

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Changes in Earth's orbital and rotation speeds

What are the Earth's maximum and minimum orbital speeds around the Sun? Is there any way to calculate orbital speed at any point of Earth's orbit? Is there a way to relate this to the calendar? Does ...
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How viscous is the Earth's mantle?

I'm posting here to get some more expert information based on this question. If the Earth were to stop rotating, removing the centrifugal force causing the equatorial bulge, how long would it take ...
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What is meant by phase-change in mantle?

Phase transition usually means changing from liquid to solid phase. But in geology literature we come across transitions from one mineral to other mineral. For example olivine-spinel transition at 410 ...
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How fast does the Earth's inner-core spin?

How fast does the Earth's inner-core rotate compared to the Earth's daily rotation? The inner core is always described as a spinning/rotating solid core while the Earth has a single revolution per ...
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Regarding velocity of P/S-waves

I feel like I am missing something blindingly simple, but I am curious about something. We are given the velocity of a P-wave as $v_{p} = \sqrt{(K+\frac{4}{3}μ)/ρ}$. So I am to understand ...
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How do we convert the seismic trace wavelet to zero phase which is in mixed phase?

As we know the mixed phase data would not give the "real TWTT" through the medium. We need a zero-phase wavelet that can directly correspond to the time taken to travel in a given media. So my ...
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Laboratory simulation of the Earth's magnetic field

I remember reading an article where a scientist was able to make a spinning iron tube with liquid nickel inside and it created a magnetic field, providing a laboratory-scale simulation of the ...
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Is the iron on Earth's crust a leftover of the Iron catastrophe, or it was brought back by volcanoes?

When pondering the hypothesis of the Iron catastrophe, that seem to be widely accepted nowadays. It surprises me that currently the crust still contain a significant amount of Iron (5.6% in weight). ...
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Why does the wind periodically change direction?

Image Subtitle: Wind going across the page - and changing direction To clarify, imagine you were sat in a boat in the middle of a lake recording the wind direction every minute. You notice that the ...
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Books for learning applied seismic geophysics

I am a software developer trying to learn applied geophysics. Specifically I am interested in seismic attributes. I have a strong background in mathematics and signal processing and therefore grasp ...
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How do I extract seismic amplitude on an interpreted horizon?

It seems that seismic amplitude extracted on an interpreted horizon is good for showing channels. E.g.:http://seismicatlas.org/entity?id=98a83c60-ea81-47cc-9304-6041f6ec5277. It seems that often the ...
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Magma resultant from group 1 and group 2 elements?

I was recently speaking with a geology professor over lunch at a university who has a theory that I've never heard before. His postulation was quite compelling and I was hoping to do a little digging ...
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What causes the entrainment of atmospheric gases towards a volcanic ash/tephra plume?

I understand that volcanic ash plumes can only rise to great heights (e.g. 50km) with the help of some other processes, as the velocity of the material ejected isn't great enough to send it high into ...
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What is the long term impact of large scale removal of material from subterraneal caches on the structural integrity of the soil?

For example, sinkholes can be human induced: New sinkholes have been correlated to land-use practices, especially from groundwater pumping and from construction and development practices. ...
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Are there measurement techniques that can help determine the exact geometry of a volcanic vent?

In a previous question What happens to the higher frequency content of the tremors associated with a volcanic eruption?, I asked about the high(er) frequency content of a volcanic eruption. In the ...
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Checking the bedrock with radiowaves - how does it work?

I've heard long ago that the rock material deeply below surface are checked by a device that acts like radar - it sends radiowaves into the ground, and geologists find out from reflections that what ...
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Does the global temperature vary daily (hotter and colder days)?

Earth's current average global temperature (i.e. including hot deserts and cold polar caps) is reported be somewhere between 14°C and 16°C (depending on sources and methods). This temperature varies ...
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Seeming correlation between time of day and earthquakes

I live in a generally geographically active area (Southern California, near the San Andreas fault, if that matters), that has had two relatively minor earthquakes that I have felt in the last week (in ...
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Flexure of a viscous lithosphere - derivation

I have been trying to figure out solution for the fourth order differential equation of flexure for a viscous plate. The fourth order differential equation for a viscous plate is given as $$Dv*\...
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What is a Geophysical Model Function (GMF)?

I have heard the term mentioned many times in seminars, and in papers on remote sensing. What does it mean? References would be helpful if available.
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Calculating the displacement of a fault

In the calculation of scalar moment magnitude of an earthquake we have the formula $$M_0=\mu AD$$ where: $\mu$ is the shear modulus of the rocks involved in the earthquake (in Pa) $A$ is the area ...
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Distance to epicenter vs distance to focus

I am not really a "budding seismologist." I am a chemistry/physics teacher teaching an Earth science class (low academic level) in a small-town high school. (My college coursework in earth sciences = ...
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Geometrical differences of subduction zones

I am looking for geometrical differences in subduction zones. What are the differences, in dip, curvature of the interface, thickness of the plates etc.? There are differences between the Chile and ...
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Are there any signs on the Earth's surface that indicate a shrinking iron core? [duplicate]

It appears that Mercury shows some cracks on its surface that were not caused by moving tectonic plates but by shrinking due to the inner metal core cooling. The Earth is also cooling down, but are ...
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How did Great-Britain separate from France?

Looking at continental plates both France and GB lie on the Earasian plate. Now those plates moves and created our continents of today out of Pangea. But a lot of pictures shows that France and GB ...
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Why do most seismic inversion methods ignore high frequencies?

Different post-stack inversion methods such as model based, sparse spike, colored and recursive inversion methods use high cut frequency impedance logs (low frequency) and mid-frequency seismic trace ...
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Incised valleys and hydrocarbon potential

The Wikipedia page on sequence stratigraphy states: Sandstone bodies associated with incised valleys are good hydrocarbon reservoirs. Can anyone elaborate on this statement and the reason behind ...
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Predicting earthquakes using disturbances in DTH TV transmission

It is said that before an earthquake happens, a viewer experiences disturbances in DTH TV transmission in the form of distorted images on the screen which automatically correct after a few seconds. ...
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In the oil field, when a vertical cylinder coring sample is taken, how is the core severed at the bottom and removed from the formation?

I would like to know how the core is cut off at the bottom of the drill. I also would like to know how the core is brought up to the surface without slipping out and falling back down.
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Should RTM amplitudes (pre- and post-stack) be related to rock physics properties?

There is as huge uplift in the image quality near and under salt bodies (e.g. the Middle Miocene of the deepwater Gulf of Mexico) by using reverse time migration or RTM. We can now make accurate ...
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Why are there more intense earthquakes in Iran than in Iraq?

Why are there more intense earthquakes in Iran than in Iraq, if they are so close together? I often hear news items of earthquakes in Iran that are higher on the Richter Scale than those that happen ...
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What “g” would be needed to keep helium on Earth?

I know that helium is a very light and rare gas on Earth because Earths gravity is not strong enough to keep it. Instead, helium and hydrogen are rising through the atmosphere and escape into outer ...
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petrophysical crossplots

I recently developed a computer program that generates some petrophysical and elastic parameters from well logs such as water saturation and hydrocarbon saturation, bulk volume, irreducible water ...
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What is a fault?

Curious if to what degree it is possible to cluster epicentres as originating from a single formation/fault? Seems like it is possible that apart of the issue might being able to map the hypocentre of ...
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Why do tectonic plates have a tendency to drift closer to the equator?

There are many factors that drive the movement of tectonic plates on the surface of asthenosphere, and some of these factors have a larger contribution than others (e.g. slab suction). One driving ...
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What physical measurement / elevation is used to define Earth's radius?

Earth's radius is usually given as 6378137 meters (equatorial radius), its flattening is defined as 1/298.257223 (WGS84), and thus its polar radius is calculated as 6356752 meters. However, the ...
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Available Matlab code to design Seismic Colored Inversion Operator?

I want to apply seismic colored inversion technique to my datasets. Is there a Matlab code available that I can easily use? Are there any other recommended codes to apply seismic colored inversion?
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What is the meaning of seismic spectral blueing?

What is the meaning of seismic spectral blueing? Please cite any good introductory materials if possible.
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What are the fields in Petrel's IESX seismic horizon file?

I have a text file containing 23 seismic horizons from Petrel, Schlumberger's seismic earth interpretation and modelling tool, using the 2D IESX format. Here are the first few rows: ...
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Why is the elevation of the Iberian Peninsula so high?

The Iberian peninsula lies more than 600 m above sea level, on average, far above similar geological regions in western Europe. Even tectonically undeformed areas in the inner basins present a ...
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Why do Euler poles for plate motions not stay fixed in time?

Surely if a plate motion is a straight line across a sphere, this can be described by a fixed Euler pole, however I've been reading about a problem which I confess I don't fully understand which is ...
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Publicly-available real-time world-wide seismographic information?

Is there a list of websites supplying real time seismographic information for around the world? I could find for specific places. But I'm looking for a list so I can check for anywhere (providing, of ...
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Cooling time of basalt flows?

In places like the Giant's causeway in Ireland (Antrim basalts) there are columnar basalt flows of 100 metres or more. I'm aware that the cooling mechanism is complex, but is there any rough and ready ...
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Why does part of the P-wave convert into a S-wave with an increase of incidence angle?

With the increase of incidence angle, a portion of a P-wave converts into a S-wave, how does this behaviour occur?
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In quasi-geostrophic frontogenesis, what happens if the potential vorticity is negative?

In particular, what happens if the Sawyer–Eliassen equation cannot be solved? I know that a condition for the Sawyer–Eliassen equation to have a solution is $F^2 N^2 - S^4 >0$, which means that the ...
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Simulating the earths crust

I would like to create a computer simulation which would fold two plane-ish surfaces into two crumpled-ish surfaces. This in order to simulate the earths crust movement and collisions resulting in ...
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How bad is geo-engineering?

It is just curiosity that forced me to ask this question. At some point in time, if we can't control global $\sf{CO_2}$ emissions, temperature will increase until a tipping point and it will be a ...
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Are old geophysics textbooks useful?

I have had much success with old textbooks in mathematics. Generally, for any branch of mathematics that I (as a non-mathematician) would like to learn or re-learn, I can buy a classic textbook from ...
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Is there a time difference between two points at the same longitude but at different latitudes?

Assume we have two cities A and B both at the same longitude (say $45^{0}$ E) but at different latitudes say $8^{0}$N and $90^{0}$ N. Can we get a time difference between these two cities. I raised ...
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Why is the Ring of Fire there? [duplicate]

The Ring of Fire goes through the places that have the most earthquakes. Why is the Ring of Fire there, not somewhere else? Any help would be appreciated!