Definition - What does Geophysicist mean?

A Geophysicist is a scientist who studies the Earth using magnetic, seismic, gravity and electrical methods. Some Geophysicists are restricted to indoor studies by using computers for calculations and modeling while others spend most of the time outdoors studying the features of the Earth. They use various methods to search for copper, oil, iron and other minerals. They evaluate areas for construction, dam sites and also evaluate the properties for environmental hazards. During the research, the Geophysicists study the internal structure of the Earth, the ocean, earthquakes and various other physical features.

Petropedia explains Geophysicist

Geophysicists use geology, chemistry, physics and the advanced mathematics to study the Earth and its composition. They deal with everything related to the Earth from its core, magnetic field to the solid mantle; from magnetosphere, ocean circulation, atmospheric dynamics and ionosphere to the petroleum fields, ore deposits and environmental problems; and from the underground moving magma to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. They make measurements related to physical fields like seismic waves, magnetic fields, gravity and various types of the electric fields using the physical properties of the materials of the Earth like magnetization, electrical conductivity, density and elasticity to help in the working of Earth and its surface.

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