Seismology and Structure of the Earth - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444519290, 9780444535757

Seismology and Structure of the Earth

1st Edition

Treatise on Geophysics

Editors: Barbara Romanowicz Adam Dziewonski
eBook ISBN: 9780444535757
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 25th September 2007
Page Count: 7000
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Treatise on Geophysics: Seismology and Structure of the Earth, Volume 1, provides a comprehensive review of the state of knowledge on the Earths structure and earthquakes. It addresses various aspects of structural seismology and its applications to other fields of Earth sciences.
The book is organized into four parts. The first part principally covers theoretical developments and seismic data analysis techniques from the end of the nineteenth century until the present, with the main emphasis on the development of instrumentation and its deployment. The second part reviews the status of knowledge on the structure of the Earths shallow layers, starting with a global review of the Earth's crustal structure. The third part focuses on the Earth's deep structure, divided into its main units: the upper mantle, the transition zone and upper-mantle discontinuities, the D region at the base of the mantle, and the Earth's core. The fourth part comprises two chapters which discuss constraints on Earth structure from fields other than seismology: mineral physics and geodynamics.

Key Features

  • Self-contained volume starts with an overview of the subject then explores each topic with in depth detail
  • Extensive reference lists and cross references with other volumes to facilitate further research
  • Full-color figures and tables support the text and aid in understanding
  • Content suited for both the expert and non-expert


Professionals, researchers, professors, and advanced undergraduate and graduate students working in the fields of Geophysics, Earth system science, geology, geomagnetism, ocean science, planetary and aerospace science, environmental science, seismology, petrology, mining and construction, urban planning, plus more

Table of Contents



Editorial Advisory Board

1 Overview

2 Theory and Observations – Earth’s Free Oscillations

3 Theory and Observations – Normal Modes and Surface Wave Measurements

4 Theory and Observations – Body Waves: Ray Methods and Finite Frequency Effects

5 Theory and Observations – Forward Modeling/Synthetic Body Wave Seismograms

6 Theory and Observations – Forward Modeling and Synthetic Seismograms: 3-D Numerical Methods

7 Theory and Observations – Teleseismic Body-Wave Scattering and Receiver-Side Structure

8 Crust and Lithospheric Structure – Active Source Studies of Crust and Lithospheric Structure

9 Theory and Observations – Wave Propagation in Anisotropic Media

10 Theory and Observations – Seismic Tomography and Inverse Methods

11 Crust and Lithospheric Structure – Global Crustal Structure

12 Crust and Lithospheric Structure – Seismic Structure of Mid-Ocean Ridges

13 Crust and Lithospheric Structure – Hot Spots and Hot-Spot Swells

14 Crust and Lithospheric Structure – Natural Source Portable Array Studies of Continental Lithosphere

15 Crust and Lithospheric Structure – Long Range Controlled Source Seismic Experiments in Europe

16 Deep Earth Structure – Upper Mantle Structure: Global Isotropic and Anisotropic Elastic Tomography

17 Deep Earth Structure – Transition Zone and Mantle Discontinuities

18 Deep Earth Structure – Lower Mantle and D”

19 Deep Earth Structure – The Earth’s Cores

20 Deep Earth Structure – Seismic Scattering in the Deep Earth

21 Deep Earth Structure – Q of the Earth from Crust to Core

22 Constraints on Seismic Models from Other Disciplines – Constraints from Mineral Physics on Seismological Models

23 Constraints on Seismic Models from Other Disciplines – Implications for Mantle Dynamics and Composition


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About the Editor

Barbara Romanowicz

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA

Adam Dziewonski

Affiliations and Expertise

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

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