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86: Geophysics


Introduction

Geophysics: Applications typically involve material in sections 74: Mechanics of Solids and 76: Fluid Mechanics, but for large-scale problems (this subject deals with a very big solid and a large pool of fluid!) With the advent of Global Positioning Systems there has been a good deal of interest in geodesy and triangulation, which is included here.

History

Applications and related fields

See also 76U05, 76V05

Simple spherical geometry (and trigonometry) is treated in 52A55: Spherical Geometry. [Schematic of subareas and related areas]

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Subfields

There is only one division (86A) but it is subdivided:

This is one of the smallest areas in the Math Reviews database.

Browse all (old) classifications for this area at the AMS.


Textbooks, reference works, and tutorials

There is a sci.geo.* hierarchy of newsgroups (e.g. sci.geo.satellite-nav) which may be relevant in general. For geodesy there is an additional newsgroup comp.infosystems.gis.

Software and tables

Dynamic Stress/Deformation Analysis Software

Geology software.

Software and Data for Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibrium Calculations in Geology

Relevant packages from the Computer Physics Communications package library.

Other web sites with this focus

Selected topics at this site

A number of elementary posts hoping to reconcile distances and angles (bearings) with positions on a spherical earth; repetition justified here in the attempt to satisfy the many questioners...
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