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Earth Structure and Dynamics

Earth is a dynamic planet, with thousands of violent volcanoes, devastating earthquakes, majestic mountains, and vast rift valleys. These awe-inspiring features are the surface manifestations of the great forces acting deep within the Earth. In the Stanford Geophysics Department we investigate how the Earth cools through plate tectonic motions, using observations ranging from the macro-scale of seismology to the micro-scale of mineral physics, in combination with theoretical geodynamic models.

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Earth Structure and Dynamics

GEOPHYS 25: Hands-on Introduction to Astrobiology

GEOPHYS 107/207: Journey to the Center of the Earth

GEOPHYS 112: Exploring Geosciences with MATLAB

GEOPHYS 150: General Geophysics and Physics of the Earth

GEOPHYS 170: Global Tectonics

GEOPHYS 171: Tectonics Field Trip

GEOPHYS 180/280: Geophysical Inverse Problems (GEOPHYS 281)

GEOPHYS 187: Introduction to SES Computing (ISESC)

GEOPHYS 201: Frontiers of Geophysical Research at Stanford: Faculty Lectures

PHYSICS 211: Continuum Mechanics

GEOPHYS 222: Reflection Seismology

GEOPHYS 223: Reflection Seismology Interpretation

GEOPHYS 224: Seismic Reflection Processing

GEOPHYS 257: Introduction to Computational Earth Sciences

GEOPHYS 265: Imaging Radar and Applications (EE 355)

GEOPHYS 290: Tectonophysics