physical processes and phenomena occurring in the earth and in its vicinity
Geophysics is a subject of natural science concerned with the physical processes and physical properties of the Earth and its surrounding space environment, and the use of quantitative methods for their analysis.
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- Historically geophysics has been the study of the classical linear equations of physics, Laplace's equation for gravity and magnetics, the wave equation for propagating seismic waves, and the heat equation for thermal problems.