- the branch of geology that deals with the physics of the earth and its atmosphere, including oceanography, seismology, volcanology, and geomagnetism.
Origin of geophysics
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Examples from the Web for geophysical
Geophysical Research Letters: Bottom scour observed under Hurricane Ivan.
Geophysical Research Letters: Observed currents over the outer continental shelf during Hurricane Ivan.
- of or relating to geophysics
- (functioning as singular) the study of the earth's physical properties and of the physical processes acting upon, above, and within the earth. It includes seismology, geomagnetism, meteorology, and oceanography
Word Origin and History for geophysical
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- The scientific study of the physical characteristics of the Earth, including its hydrosphere and atmosphere, and of the Earth's relationship to the rest of the universe.
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