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Earth's Core - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128114001

Earth's Core

1st Edition

Geophysics of a Planet's Deepest Interior

Authors: Vernon Cormier Michael Bergman Peter Olson
Paperback ISBN: 9780128114001
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st October 2021
Page Count: 350
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Earth’s Core: Advances in Composition, State, and Dynamics provides a detailed discussion of the Earth’s core, including the composition and state of the Earth’s interior, geodynamics, mineral physics, and seismic deep Earth structure. The book offers details and enhancements on existing theories, lays to rest some older theories, and inspires new theories by using observational tests, ranking conclusions, and identifying outstanding questions. The book includes detailed discussions of the core-mantle boundary, evolution of the core, compositional dynamo, and inner core phases and dynamics, offering a unique interdisciplinary perspective on what we know and what we have yet to discover.

Each chapter presents several competing theories and suggests observational tests for each one. By identifying unsolved problems with competing answers, this reference can be used to help identify and motivate further research, making it a valuable resource for researchers in deep earth geophysics, as well as many sub-disciplines, including seismology, geodynamics, geomagnetism, and mineral physics.

Key Features

  • Includes multidisciplinary observations constraining the composition and dynamics of the Earth’s core
  • Concisely presents competing theories and arguments on the composition, state, and dynamics of the Earth’s interior
  • Provides observational tests of various theories to enhance understanding
  • Serves as a valuable resource for researchers in deep earth geophysics, as well as many sub-disciplines, including seismology, geodynamics, geomagnetism, and mineral physics


Geophysicists, seismologists, and geochemists; graduate students and early career post-doctoral fellows in deep earth geophysics in the subfields of seismology, geodynamics, geomagnetism, and mineral physics

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Outer Core Composition
3. Thermal and Compositional Evolution of the Outer Core
4. Geomagnetism
5. Inner Core Composition and Phase
6. Inner Core Dynamics
7. Testing Hypotheses and Future Research


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About the Authors

Vernon Cormier

Vernon Cormier

Vernon Cormier is a Professor in the Dept of Physics at the University of Connecticut and editor-in-chief of the journal, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors. He has formerly been SEDI AGU focus group chair, AGU seismology secretary, and Vice President of the Seismological Society of America. In 2015 he was the Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor in the Institute of Advanced Studies at Bristol University. His research interests include deep earth structure, earthquake ground motion, nuclear verification, and wave propagation.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Physics and Geophysics, University of Connecticut, USA

Michael Bergman

Michael Bergman

Michael Bergman is a professor of Physics at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Secretary General of Study of the Earth’s Deep Interior (SEDI) for the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics. He has been the recipient of research grants from the NSF and Research Corporation, as well as the 2000 Doornbos Memorial Prize for research on the Earth’s interior. His research interests include geophysical fluid dynamics and mineral physics.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Physics, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, USA

Peter Olson

Peter Olson

Peter Olson is a professor of geophysical fluid dynamics in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Johns Hopkins University. He has been involved with field work in seismic exploration for Petty Geophysical Co. and AMACO Production Co, and joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1977. His research interests include dynamics of Earth’s interior and the interiors of other planets and he has co-authored a major book, two treatise volumes, and more than 165 research papers. He is the former President of the Tectonophysics Section of the American Geophysical Union. In 2011 he received the Petrus Peregrinus Medal from the European Geosciences Union and in 2015 he was awarded the Inge Lehmann Medal from the American Geophysical Union.

Affiliations and Expertise

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA

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