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geophysics n : geology that uses physical principles to study properties of the earth [syn: geophysical science]

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  1. A branch of earth science dealing with the physical processes and phenomena occurring in the earth and in its vicinity.


branch of earth science

Extensive Definition

Geophysics, a major discipline of Earth sciences, is the study of the Earth by quantitative physical methods, especially by seismic, electromagnetic, and radioactivity methods. It calls heavily upon other fields of science such as math, physics, and computer science.History of geophysics has been motivated by theoretical and practical isues. The term of geophysics was probably first used in Germany, where it appeared in scientific writings of the mid-19th century. The word geophysics was first used by Fröbel as "geophysik" in 1834. The theories and techniques of geophysics are employed extensively in the planetary sciences in general.
The field of geophysics includes the branches of:


geophysics in Afrikaans: Geofisika
geophysics in Arabic: جيوفيزياء
geophysics in Breton: Geofizik
geophysics in Catalan: Geofísica
geophysics in Chuvash: Геофизика
geophysics in Czech: Geofyzika
geophysics in Danish: Geofysik
geophysics in German: Geophysik
geophysics in Modern Greek (1453-): Γεωφυσική
geophysics in Esperanto: Geofiziko
geophysics in Spanish: Geofísica
geophysics in Estonian: Geofüüsika
geophysics in Basque: Geofisika
geophysics in Persian: ژئوفیزیک
geophysics in Finnish: Geofysiikka
geophysics in French: Géophysique
geophysics in Galician: Xeofísica
geophysics in Hebrew: גאופיזיקה
geophysics in Croatian: Geofizika
geophysics in Indonesian: Geofisika
geophysics in Icelandic: Jarðeðlisfræði
geophysics in Italian: Geofisica
geophysics in Japanese: 地球物理学
geophysics in Javanese: Geofisika
geophysics in Korean: 지구물리학
geophysics in Lithuanian: Geofizika
geophysics in Latvian: Ģeofizika
geophysics in Malay (macrolanguage): Geofizik
geophysics in Low German: Eerdphysik
geophysics in Dutch: Geofysica
geophysics in Norwegian: Geofysikk
geophysics in Polish: Geofizyka
geophysics in Portuguese: Geofísica
geophysics in Romanian: Geofizică
geophysics in Russian: Геофизика
geophysics in Sicilian: Giofìsica
geophysics in Slovak: Geofyzika
geophysics in Slovenian: Geofizik
geophysics in Serbian: Геофизика
geophysics in Serbo-Croatian: Geofizika
geophysics in Swedish: Geofysik
geophysics in Thai: ธรณีฟิสิกส์
geophysics in Turkish: Jeofizik
geophysics in Ukrainian: Геофізика
geophysics in Venetian: Giofìxica
geophysics in Vietnamese: Địa vật lý
geophysics in Chinese: 地球物理学

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