Details of ES2201 (Spring 2020)

Level: 2 Type: Theory Credits: 4.0

Course CodeCourse NameInstructor(s)
ES2201 Geophysics Kajaljyoti Borah

Introduction: Study of the earth structure and its physical fields.

Seismology, Earth structure and seismic sources: Theory of seismic waves, ray theory and travel
time equations and earthquake source theory. The earth's gravity field: Gravitational potential
and field, the Earth's gravitational equipotential (geoid) and the reference ellipsoid. Measurement
of the Earth's gravitational field and gravity anomalies. Isostasy, topography and associated
gravity anomalies. The Earth as a heat engine: Convective heat flow, calculation of simple
geotherms, continental and oceanic heat flow, the adiabat and melting in the mantle. The deep
interior of the Earth: Internal structure of the Earth, convection in the mantle.


1. The Solid Earth: An Introduction to Global Geophysics: CMR Fowler, 2005, Cambridge
University Press, 2nd Ed
2. An Introduction to Seismology, Earthquakes, and Earth Structure, Seth Stein, Michael
Wysession, 1991, Wiley-Blackwell

Course Credit Options

Sl. No.ProgrammeSemester NoCourse Choice
1 IP 2 Elective
2 IP 4 Not Allowed
3 IP 6 Not Allowed
4 MR 2 Not Allowed
5 MR 4 Not Allowed
6 MS 4 Core
7 RS 1 Not Allowed
8 RS 2 Not Allowed