Learning outcomes of the course unit
to provide the basic knowledge about the physics of the Earth as a planet
Course contents summary
The gravitational field and the figure of the Earth. The low of universal gravitation. Gravitational acceleration. Equipotential surfaces. Centripetal and centrifugal acceleration. The Earth tides. Coriolis and Eotwos accelartions. The geogravitational potential. The figure of the Earth. Gravitational potential. Normal gravity. The geoid. Gravity anomalies. Interpretation of gravity anomalies. Isostasy. Isostatic anomalies. The geomagnetic field. The physics of magnetism. The dipole field. Magnetization and magnetic field inside a material. Rock magnetism. The magnetic anomalies. The geomagnetic field. The geomagnetic potential. The magnetic field of external origin. The magnetic field of internal origin. Origin of the dipole field. Origin of the non-dipole field. Magnetic surveying. Interpretation of the magnetic anomalies. The geothermal field. Thermodynamic principles. Temperature profiles inside the earth. Heat transport in the Earth. Sources of heat in the Earth. Radioactive heat production. Heat conduction equation. Continental heat flow. Oceanic heat flow. Global heat flow. Models for the cooling of the continental lithosphere. Thermal structure of the oceanic lithosphere. Seismology and the internal structure of the earth. Seismic waves. The seismogram. Earthquake seismology. Location of the epicentre. Analysis of earthquake focal mechanisms. Earthquake size and frequency. Global seismicity. Internal structure of the Earth. Reflections and refractions. Radial variation of density. Radial variations of gravity. Radial variations of pressure.
Brown, G.C., and Mussett, A.E., La Terra inaccessibile. Scienze della Terra – 2. Patron Editore, 1985
Gasparini, P. e Montanari, M., Fisica della terra solida. Liguori, 1988
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