Dr Jon Mound
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Unfortunately, ‘exploration’ geophysics evolved separately from ‘global’ geophysics - same principles, many shared methods, different jargon. That means there isn’t a single textbook that covers everything.
The best choice overall is:
Mussett, A.E. & Khan, M.A. "Looking into the earth : an introduction to geological geophysics" (CUP)
- does more than most to cover both exploration and global topics, including most of what we'll see
- is deliberately designed as an introductory text, suitable for those without much prior knowledge
- is reasonably up-to-date
Other useful geophysics texts:
Those thinking of doing more geophysics-facing modules could pick from many more advanced and detailed books. The following are likely to be of use throughout the geophysics programme
Fowler, C.M.R. "The solid earth : an introduction to global geophysics" (2nd Edition) (CUP). ►Covers both exploration and global topics, tries to keep maths separate
Kearey, P., Brooks, M., & Hill, I. “An introduction to geophysical exploration.” (Blackwell). ►Extremely well presented, good coverage of resource exploration topics (minerals and hydrocarbons).
Reynolds, J. “An introduction to applied and environmental geophysics” (Wiley). ►Good basics, excellent on environmental & engineering topics, a brief nod to oil & gas, less on global geophysics.
Lowrie, W ., 'Fundamentals of geophysics'. (CUP) ►A little more in-depth than Fowler - good for 3rd year too.
Milsom, J. 'Field geophysics' 2nd edition. (Geol.Soc./OU Press) ►Neat & cheap little A5-sized book on the field aspects of geophysics.
Lay, T., & Wallace, T.C. 'Modern global seismology'. (Academic Press) ► Starts from basics and goes to very advanced, but just on the seismics.
Maths & Physics:
If you think your mathematics and physics are a bit rusty, try:
Breithaupt, J. ‘Physics’ (Macmillan) ► A broad-based book specifically aimed at the science undergraduate without A-level Physics. Superb layout, figures, worked examples, real applications, etc.
Waltham, D. 'Mathematics : a simple tool for geologists. (Chapman & Hall) ► THE book to get if you're unsure or rusty on maths: starts from GCSE level and covers all you'll need with geoscience examples throughout.
General Earth Science including Global Geophysics
If you think your geological knowledge could use a boost, try:
Press, F. & Seiver, R. ‘Understanding earth’ (Freeman) ► Excellent web-based support with materials, self-testing, and so on; beautifully illustrated; a benchmark book.
Johnson, C., Affolter, M.D., Inkenbrandt, P., Mosher, C. An Introduction to Geology ► Is a free on-line textbook pitched at an introductory level; useful for students without prior geology classes.
This list was last updated on 14/07/2021