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Practical gravity and magnetic exploration textbook enhanced by online learning

by Kylie Williams on July 31, 2015 library

Gravity and magnetic methods play a vital role in subsurface investigations, particularly in the search for mineral deposits and hydrocarbon reservoirs. Gravity and Magnetic Exploration: Principles, Practices, and Applications is a textbook that sets the benchmark for our current understanding of these important geophysical methods.

The authors, William Hinze, Ralph von Frese and Afif Saad, have drawn on decades of research, teaching and consulting to create a combined textbook and reference manual for geophysics practitioners. Published by Cambridge University Press in April 2013, the textbook is aimed at advanced undergraduate and graduate students and professional geophysicists working in the exploration industry, government surveys and academia.

Inside the 525-page textbook, available in hardback or eBook formats, readers will find an introduction to potential fields and geophysical practices for exploring the subsurface using surface, marine, airborne, and satellite measurements. The body of the book is divided equally between the two main topics: gravity and magnetic exploration. For each topic, the authors describe data acquisition, processing, modeling and interpretation.

The book places less emphasis on how equations are derived and more on the practical skills needed to plan and organize a survey and analyse and interpret the results. Physical properties of rocks and the geological principles needed to constrain subsurface models are covered, together with the role of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in mapping gravity and magnetic fields.

For practical experience working with gravity and magnetic data, readers can access computational exercises online. The exercises supplement the Study Questions at the end of each chapter in the textbook and use Geosoft Oasis montaj software to process, map, and analyze the data provided.

Also available online are additional chapters not included in the textbook, exploring the range of applications of gravity and magnetic methods to environmental and engineering studies, mineral and energy resource exploration, and investigations of the lithosphere.

To find out more about the book, and online learning resources, visit


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