References/Further Reading

Continental Drift and Plate Tectonics, 2nd ed., by William Glen. Published by Geo-Resources Associates, 2236 Bunker Hill Dr., San Mateo, CA 94025, 1986, 188 p. Glen describes the basic tenets of plate tectonics and discusses isostasy, paleomagnetism (see box on Rock Magnetism), and marine magnetic anomalies.

The Earth's Dynamic Systems by W. Kenneth Hamblin. Published by Macmillan Publishing Company, New York, New York, 1989, 576 p. A geology textbook that describes the various processes that shape our planet and how geologists infer these processes from the rock record.

Exploring Our Living Planet by Robert Ballard. Published by the National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C., 1983, 366 p. A beautifully illustrated book that covers the basic tenets of plate tectonics with examples from around the world.

How the Earth Works (100 ways parents and kids can share the secrets of the Earth) by John Farndon. Published by Dorling Kindersley, Limited for Reader's Digest, 1992, 192 p.

Janice Van Cleave's Gravity Spectacular Science Projects by Janice Pratt Van Cleave, 1993. Published by John Wiley & Sons, 88 p.


Link to the American Geophysical Union for geophysics and the news.

For the more mathematically inclined and those interested in the physics of gravity and magnetism

Elementary Gravity and Magnetics for Geologists and Seismologists, by L.L. Nettleton, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) Monograph Series 1. Published by the SEG, Tulsa OK, 1971, 121 p. A good general booklet on gravity and magnetics with non-calculus math.

Introduction to Geophysical Prospecting, 4th ed., by Milton B. Dobrin and Carl H. Savit. Published by McGraw-Hill, Inc., 1988, 867 p. Up-to-date textbook on geophysical methods. See chapters 12-17 for gravity and magnetism. Knowledge of calculus very helpful.

Applications Manual for Portable Magnetometers, by S. Breiner. Published by GeoMetrics, Sunnyvale, CA, 1971, 58 p. A good, pictorial guide for interpreting magnetic anomalies.


Geophysical computer programs and data sets


Cordell, Lindrith, Phillips, J.D., and Godson, R.H., 1992, U.S. Geological Survey potential-field geophysical software version 2.0: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 92-18, 16 p., 6 diskettes. Order this from the U.S. Geological Survey, Branch of Distribution, Box 25286, Mail Stop 306, Denver Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225. For more information, call (303) 202-4210.

National geophysical data grids: gamma-ray, gravity, magnetic, and topographic data for the conterminous United States. A CD-ROM that contains all the programs from Open-File Report 92-18 (listed above) as well as the data grids. Order this (DDS-009) from the U.S. Geological Survey, Branch of Distribution, Box 25286, Mail Stop 306, Denver Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225. For more information, call (303) 202-4210.

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