The science of rock physics addresses the relationships between the physical properties of rocks and geophysical observations. During the past three decades, scientists have discovered an increasing number of relations among these properties that once appeared independent. The Rock Physics Handbook brings together much of the theory and data that form the foundation of rock physics with particular emphasis on the needs of interpreters of seismic data. In concise summaries, this book makes available a vast amount of laboratory and theoretical material in an accessible form. Seventy-six articles cover a wide range of topics, including wave propagation, effective media, elasticity, electrical properties, pore fluid flow and diffusion, and AVO-AVOZ. The book aiso contains overviews of dispersion mechanisms, fluid substitution, and Vp-Vs relations. Useful empirical results derived from reservoir rocks, sediments and granular media, as well as tables of mineral data and an atlas of reservoir rock properties complete the text.