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Geophysics applies the principles of physics to the study of the Earth. It deals with such things as the movement of the Earth's crust and the temperatures of its interior. Another subject is the behavior of the still-mysterious geomagnetic field. Some geophysicists seek out deposits of ores or petroleum; others specialize in earthquakes; still others study the water beneath the Earth's surface, where it collects and how it flows.
Origin and Etymology of geophysics
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First Known Use: circa 1889See Words from the same year
GEOPHYSICS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of geophysics for English Language Learners
: a branch of science that deals with the physical movements and forces of the Earth (such as its climate and oceans)
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