The study of the physical processes and properties of the planet Earth. Applicable to many subjects about Earth, such as its shape, its magnetic field, and ocean currents.

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Geophysics: Dynamic form factor and Equipotential surfaces [on hold]

I've got the following problem which I need help with. I'm used to calculating coefficients when the problem is about ellipsoids and first order approximations. But when it comes to spheres and ...
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At what energy consumption would we get a 1 degree rise in the Earth's temperature?

If energy consumption continues to rise at (say) 4% per year, how long before the heat dissipation seriously impacts climate?
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Will the day/night cycle change when the poles melt?

I want to know what will happen to day and night if poles melt i think it will change but I don't know why? ^_^
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Can surface waves exist near a fixed surface

(I'll phrase this question in terms of waves in an elastic medium, but this is a more general question.) Surface waves are waves near the surface of a medium whose amplitude decreases as you go away ...
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What happens if the Russians decide to nuke the Kola borehole?

I recently came across research on the Kola Superdeep Borehole in Russia. It's one of the world's deepest at 12 km (7.5 mi) down. If someone decided to hoist a nuclear weapon all the way down and set ...
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If the gravity at the center of the Earth is zero, why are heavy elements like iron there?

If gravity is zero at the center of the earth, why is there a core of heavy elements, such as iron? Alternate question for the opposite hypothesis: If gravity is greatest at the center of the ...
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What is the temperature of the clear night sky from the surface of Earth?

Before you all jump in with 2.73 K or thereabouts, this is more of an experimental question. It will obviously depend on humidity and radiation being scattered back towards the surface of the Earth. ...
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Where did the energy released due to gravitational binding energy of the Earth go?

The gravitational binding energy of the Earth is $2×10^{32} J $, so the same amount of energy must have been released during the Earth's history. According to this and this, the current internal ...
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How is wind created?

I know that 'blowing air is called wind', but what I don't know is, how is wind created? And I don't want the answer from Google Search. I want to know more about wind at the atomic or molecular ...
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Calculating altitude without refering to atmospheric pressure?

Is the only way of calculating altitude to try to guess using the atmospheric pressure? Couldn't an electronic device analyze the force of gravity and conclude from that at what altitude it is ...
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Why is the current atmosphere made of nitrogen (75.5%)?

As I read a book on meteorology, 4 billion years ago, atmosphere was made by steam, carbon dioxide, carbon dioxide and a few nitrogen. Then photosynthesis came, run by underwater organisms, which led ...
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In the earth's crust, why is there far more uranium than gold?

In parts per million in the Earth's crust Uranium is around 1.8ppm and Gold 0.003ppm. Given that it takes far more energy to create Uranium than Gold, why is this?
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Why does Earth behave like Natural Bar Magnet?

What is the reason for the Earth to behave like a bar magnet and have poles (North and South poles)?
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Estimating the force needed to increase height of a mountain?

How would you estimate the force required by a tectonic plate to make the height of a mountain increase when it pushes against another? I've used a method to try and do it for Mt Everest and have ...
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Why is Earth's climate so stable?

Earth wasn't always the only water-world in the solar system. Mars also appear to have started out wet but, as conditions changed, Mars lost its oceans. So, how has Earth managed to avoid a ...
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Would days be longer as the polar ice caps melt? [duplicate]

I got question in my mind striking for several days but not able to prove it, suppose polar ice on earth melt, would the days be longer? My friend said it was due to moment of inertia of the earth ...
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Richter scale equation

According to Wikipedia, the equation for finding magnitude according to the Richter scale is $M_\mathrm{L} = \log_{10} A - \log_{10} A_0(\delta)$. However, it is rather ambiguous as to the effect of ...
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Geophysical Effects of Supernova Neutrino Pulse

While neutrinos are generally totally harmless, a supernova produces enough of them at once that the neutrino flux would kill you if you could stand close enough (and not be killed by other means ...
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Amplitude decrease during geometrical spreading of a seismic pulse

I'm looking at amplitude decrease of a seismic pulse as a result of geometrical spreading. Starting with the energy contained in a unit area, $I = E / (4 \pi r^2)$, where $E$ is the original energy ...
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Why does absorption cause seismic pulses to increase in length over distance?

The specific question I'm trying to answer is "How does the progressive loss of higher frequencies in a propagating seismic pulse lead to an increase in pulse length?" I understand how the higher ...
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Does the geomagnetic field rotate?

The Earth rotates about it's own axis. Do the geomagnetic field lines rotate due to this rotation or not?
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Geophysics with earth science [closed]

I am a communications engineering student. I am interested in doing a project on geophysics. The concept is for a hole-digging robot with a camera and sensors and wireless transmitter that is made of ...
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Sun radiation in England

I used to live in Italy, and when it was sunny, well, as expected it was pretty hot. Both under the direct light of the sun through the atmosphere, and in the shade, where the temperature was of ...
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Does the Earth's core have tides?

Does the moon produce a measurable tidal-effect on the Earth's (liquid) core? If so, how strong is it? Would it play a factor in other geological effects like earthquakes, volcanoes, etc?
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Could we obtain free electrical energy from the Earth's magnetic field? [duplicate]

If there exists a natural magnetic field due to the metallic core of the earth... could we then extract and get free energy from the earth core ??
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Tidal Forces from the Moon on the Earth's Crust

How do we determine how much the surface of the Earth deflects due to tidal forces from the Moon (and Sun)?
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Does the conversion of crude oil to greenhouse gases have any measurable effect on earth's gravitational pull?

Oil underground is much denser than greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. Does the conversion in anyway effect the gravitational force from earth.
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Effect of CO2 on the environment, besides greenhouse effect and ocean acidification [closed]

What effects does the raising level of CO2 in the atmosphere have, besides being a greenhouse gas and responsible for the increased acidity of the oceans? What other environmental damages does it ...
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Calculating the mass of a wave of water

I am assuming it is possible to calculate the mass of water if the volume is known. My assumption is that doing this for stagnant water, in a container perhaps, is easy. However I want calculate, ...
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Earth as a conductor and emf produced? [closed]

Since about 73% of total surface of Earth is occupied by water, its internal is also occupied largely by hot molten mass.Let,the whole earth is considered a conductor.Sun is a source of gravitational ...
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Why is the geomagnetic north pole at a different location from the magnetic north pole?

According to this site Magnetic North, Geomagnetic and Magnetic Poles The Geomagnetic poles (dipole poles) are the intersections of the Earth's surface and the axis of a bar magnet hypothetically ...
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What is the longitudinal difference between the sub­solar point and the magnetic poles at time $t$ (hours)?

I'm trying to convert geomagnetic coordinate to geographic, but there are some steps in the paper which I'm reading, that I don't understand. I have the geomagnetic latitude centered around the ...
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what determines the wavelength of waves on the open ocean?

Looking at the picture below, you can totally see that these are tiny boats. The water is practically washing over the hull of these boat models. But the water has boundaries that are very far ...
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If a planet were cut in half but stayed hemispherical, how hot would the ocean on the flat side be? [closed]

Some time ago I asked a question about gravity on a hemispherical planet. What would gravity be like on a hemispherical planet? Would the water all boil away at first, quickly cooling the core of ...
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about the rotation of the earth and gravity, when all continents were merged

A long time ago, I read that the gravity force isn't the same if you are near the Andes Mountains or if you are at Paris. So today I asked to myself if when all continents were one, if the difference ...
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Linearized mass conservation equation

I'm working on global seismology and I'm currently facing troubles understanding how an equation is obtained. The equation concerned is the following one : $$ \rho^{E1} = -\nabla \cdot ...
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Gravitational compression in the atmosphere

One of the two sources of Earth's heat is primordial heat, which is the product of gravitational compression and impacts during Earth's formation. My understanding is that work is done on the core, ...
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How do wind turbines cause lightning?

I saw this paper about Lightning discharges produced by wind turbines More lightning strikes wind turbines than comparable non-moving structures. What would be the physical cause of this? Does it ...
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Do we have 2 minutes of extra morning?

my physics teacher told me about the refraction and its applications one of them was 2 minutes of early sunrise and after she explained this effect she concluded that days are 2 minutes longer than ...
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Earth's Temperature

I have a question regarding earth's temperature... How come the average temperature in the middle east (Israel, Saudi Arabia, Sudan or lower) is always so much significantly higher than in Europe ...
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Could geothermal energy extraction in Yellowstone significantly diminish the threat of a supervolcano?

I recently read an article about a team in Iceland that had managed to drill directly into magma coming up from the earth's mantle, and then use the resulting bore-hole to generate steam to power ...
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How can I estimate confidence intervals around the forecasted temperatures for future days?

Weather.com will happily give me temperature predictions for the next ten days, but no indication of how reliable those predictions are. So if I want to plan something for a week from today, or four ...
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How about retrodiction, if climate prediction is difficult?

What I mean by the question is if retrodiction has been attempted back to, say, 50 or 100 years starting with the presently known state of climate as initial conditions using the same equations and ...
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Can a small change in the Earth temperature give rise to large-scale climate changes?

Earth's atmosphere is a chaotic system. In such systems arbitrarily small changes the conditions can give rise to very large effects. There are many rumors about the physical and large scale ...
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Effect on length of day as the polar ice caps melt

If the polar ice caps of the earth melt, how will the length of the day be affected?
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Why are continents wider at the north and tapering towards the south?

Why are the continents wider at the north and tapering towards the south?
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Can a megatsunami have a height of 30,000 feet or more?

Is it possible on Earth? Roughly what size would an impactor have to be to cause a tsunami of this height? And it's speed, energy equivalent in tons, megatons, etc.?
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why the shape or size of Magnetosphere is different both side?

Two days ago, I watched a documentary about solar flares, and how Magnetosphere protect us from that to earth. I was able to understand most of it, but I'm still curious to know why the ...
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No uncertainty for standard gravitational acceleration?

The other day I asked about the uncertainty of light, and this issue triggered me to start looking into other physical constants and try to understand why other constants have no uncertainty. One of ...
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Does the Earth rotate vertically too?

We know that the earth has seen several Ice Ages. And we know the Earth's magnetic poles seem to flip once in a while. Could all of this be explained by a once every 250 Million Years or so the ...