Earth's Core,
Edition 1 Geophysics of a Planet's Deepest Interior
By Vernon F. Cormier, Michael I. Bergman and Peter L. Olson

Publication Date: 06 Dec 2021

Earth’s Core: Geophysics of a Planet’s Deepest Interior provides a multidisciplinary approach to Earth’s core, including seismology, mineral physics, geomagnetism, and geodynamics. The book examines current observations, experiments, and theories; identifies outstanding research questions; and suggests future directions for study.

With topics ranging from the structure of the core-mantle boundary region, to the chemical and physical properties of the core, the workings of the geodynamo, inner core seismology and dynamics, and core formation, this book offers a multidisciplinary perspective on what we know and what we know we have yet to discover. The book begins with the fundamental material and concepts in seismology, mineral physics, geomagnetism, and geodynamics, accessible from a wide range of backgrounds. The book then builds on this foundation to introduce current research, including observations, experiments, and theories. By identifying unsolved problems and promising routes to their solutions, the book is intended to motivate further research, making it a valuable resource both for students entering Earth and planetary sciences and for researchers in a particular subdiscipline who need to broaden their understanding.

Key Features

  • Includes multidisciplinary observations constraining the composition and dynamics of the Earth’s core
  • Concisely presents competing theories and arguments on the composition, state, and dynamics of the Earth’s interior
  • Provides observational tests of various theories to enhance understanding
  • Serves as a valuable resource for researchers in deep earth geophysics, as well as many sub-disciplines, including seismology, geodynamics, geomagnetism, and mineral physics
About the author
By Vernon F. Cormier, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, United States ; Michael I. Bergman, Faculty in Physics, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Great Barrington, Massachusetts, United States and Peter L. Olson, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Table of Contents

1. Radial structure of Earth’s core
2. Chemical and physical state of the core
3. Geodynamo and geomagnetic basics
4. Outer core dynamics
5. Boundary regions
6. Inner core explored with seismology
7. Inner core dynamics
8. Formation and evolution of the core
9. Future research goals

Book details
ISBN: 9780128114001
Page Count: 324
Retail Price : £110.00

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Geophysicists, seismologists, and geochemists; graduate students and early career post-doctoral fellows in deep earth geophysics in the subfields of seismology, geodynamics, geomagnetism, and mineral physics