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An Introduction to Applied and Environmental Geophysics, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-471-48536-0
712 pages
April 2011
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An Introduction to Applied and Environmental Geophysics, 2nd Edition, describes the rapidly developing field of near-surface geophysics. The book covers a range of applications including mineral, hydrocarbon and groundwater exploration, and emphasises the use of geophysics in civil engineering and in environmental investigations.  Following on from the international popularity of the first edition, this new, revised, and much expanded edition contains additional case histories, and descriptions of geophysical techniques not previously included in such textbooks.

The level of mathematics and physics is deliberately kept to a minimum but is described qualitatively within the text.  Relevant mathematical expressions are separated into boxes to supplement the text.  The book is profusely illustrated with many figures, photographs and line drawings, many never previously published. Key source literature is provided in an extensive reference section; a list of web addresses for key organisations is also given in an appendix as a valuable additional resource.

  • Covers new techniques such as Magnetic Resonance Sounding, Controlled- Source EM, shear-wave seismic refraction, and airborne gravity and EM techniques
  • Now includes radioactivity surveying and more discussions of down-hole geophysical methods; hydrographic and Sub-Bottom Profiling surveying; and UneXploded Ordnance detection
  • Expanded to include more forensic, archaeological, glaciological, agricultural and bio-geophysical applications
  • Includes more information on physio-chemical properties of geological, engineering and environmental materials
  • Takes a fully global approach
  • Companion website with additional resources available at
  • Accessible core textbook for undergraduates as well as an ideal reference for industry professionals

The second edition is ideal for students wanting a broad introduction to the subject and is also designed for practising civil and geotechnical engineers, geologists, archaeologists and environmental scientists who need an overview of modern geophysical methods relevant to their discipline. While the first edition was the first textbook to provide such a comprehensive coverage of environmental geophysics, the second edition is even more far ranging in terms of techniques, applications and case histories.

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Preface to the 2nd Edition.


1 Introduction.

1.1 What are 'applied' and 'environmental' geophysics?

1.2 Geophysical methods.

1.3 Matching geophysical methods to applications.

1.4 Planning a geophysical survey.

1.5 Geophysical survey design.

2 Gravity Methods.

2.1 Introduction.

2.2 Physical basis.

2.3 Measurement of gravity.

2.4 Gravity meters.

2.5 Corrections to gravity observations.

2.6 Interpretation methods.

2.7 Applications and case histories.

3 Geomagnetic Methods.

3.1 Introduction.

3.2 Basic concepts and units of geomagnetism.

3.3 Magnetic properties of rocks.

3.4 The Earth’s magnetic field.

3.5 Magnetic instruments.

3.6 Magnetic surveying.

3.7 Qualitative interpretation.

3.8 Quantitative interpretation.

3.9 Applications and case histories.

4 Applied Seismology: Introduction and Principles.

4.1 Introduction.

4.2 Seismic waves.

4.3 Raypath geometry in layered ground.

4.4 Loss of seismic energy.

4.5 Seismic energy sources.

4.6 Detection and recording of seismic waves.

5 Seismic Refraction Surveying.

5.1 Introduction.

5.2 General principles of refraction surveying.

5.3 Geometry of refracted raypaths.

5.4 Interpretational methods.

5.5 Applications and case histories.

5.6 Shear wave methods.

6 Seismic Reflection Surveying.

6.1 Introduction.

6.2 Reflection surveys.

6.3 Reflection data processing.

6.4 Correlating seismic data with borehole logs and cones.

6.5 Interpretation.

6.6 Applications.

7 Electrical Resistivity Methods.

7.1 Introduction.

7.2 Basic principles.

7.3 Electrode configurations and geometric factors.

7.4 Modes of deployment.

7.5 Interpretation methods.

7.6 ERT applications and case histories.

7.7 Mise-`a-la-masse (MALM) method.

7.8 Leak detection through artificial membranes.

8 Spontaneous (Self) Potential Methods.

8.1 Introduction.

8.2 Occurrence of self-potentials.

8.3 Origin of self-potentials.

8.4 Measurement of self-potentials.

8.5 Corrections to SP data.

8.6 Interpretation of self-potential anomalies.

8.7 Applications and case histories.

8.8 Electrokinetic (EK) surveying.

9 Induced Polarisation.

9.1 Introduction.

9.2 Origin of induced polarisation effects.

9.3 Measurement of induced polarisation.

9.4 Applications and case histories.

10 Electromagnetic Methods: Introduction and Principles.

10.1 Introduction.

10.2 Principles of EM surveying.

10.3 Airborne EM surveying.

10.4 Seaborne EM surveying.

10.5 Borehole EM surveying.

11 Electromagnetic Methods: Systems and Applications.

11.1 Introduction.

11.2 Continuous-wave (CW) systems.

11.3 Pulse-transient (TEM) or time-domain (TDEM) EM systems.

12 Electromagnetic Methods: Systems and Applications II.

12.1 Very-low-frequency (VLF) methods.

12.2 The telluric method.

12.3 The magnetotelluric (MT) method.

12.4 Magnetic Resonance Sounding (MRS).

13 Introduction to Ground-Penetrating Radar.

13.1 Introduction.

13.2 Principles of operation.

13.3 Propagation of radiowaves.

13.4 Dielectric properties of earth materials.

13.5 Modes of data acquisition.

13.6 Data processing.

13.7 Interpretation techniques.

14 Ground-Penetrating Radar: Applications and Case Histories.

14.1 Geological mapping.

14.2 Hydrogeology and groundwater contamination.

14.3 Glaciological applications.

14.4 Engineering applications on manmade structures.

14.5 Voids within manmade structures.

14.6 Archaeological investigations.

14.7 Forensic uses of GPR.

14.8 Wide-aperture radar mapping and migration processing.

14.9 Borehole radar.

14.10 UXO and landmine detection.

14.11 Animals.

15 Radiometrics.

15.1 Introduction.

15.2 Natural radiation.

15.3 Radioactivity of rocks.

15.4 Radiation detectors.

15.5 Data correction methods.

15.6 Radiometric data presentation.

15.7 Case histories.




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·         Covers new techniques including thermal imaging and radioactivity methods

·         New section on case histories of multi-method environmental geophysical investigations

·         Improved artwork quality and layout

·         Greater discussion of survey design and standards in geophysical investigations

·         Includes more marine geophysical and geotechnical case histories e.g. cable/pipe laying

·         Includes examples of integrated case histories

·         Includes more information of physio-chemical properties of geological, engineering and environmental materials

·         Greater discussion of borehole techniques especially topography

·         Companion website

·         Takes a fully global approach


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Students Resources
Wiley Student Companion Site
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