Geophysics, the application of physics to the study of the Earth, from the surface to the centre, is an essential part of modern earth science. Looking into the Earth is an introduction to geophysics suitable for those who need it but do not necessarily intend to become professional geophysicists. These include geologists, and other earth scientists such as civil engineers, environmental scientists, and field archaeologists.
Unlike other books that deal with either "global" or "exploration" geophysics, this book comprehensively introduces both branches of geophysics. It covers the principles and applications of geophysics on all scales, ranging from deep earth structure in relation to plate tectonics, to the search for oil, water and minerals, to detailed studies of the near surface. The book is organised into two parts. Part I describes the various geophysical methods, while Part II illustrates their use in a number of case histories, some extended. Throughout, the emphasis is on what geological (or archaeological or civil engineering) information the various geophysical methods can yield. The authors recognise that many students taking introductory courses in geophysics are not fluent in mathematics or physics, so the necessary mathematical and physical principles are introduced at an elementary level and only as needed. Questions for students are given at the end of appropriate chapters.
Looking into the Earth is aimed primarily at introductory and intermediate university (and college) students taking courses in geology, earth science, environmental science, and civil engineering. It will also form an excellent introductory textbook in geophysics departments, and will help practising geologists, civil engineers, and archaeologists understand how geophysics can help their work.