pure and applied geophysics

, Volume 88, Issue 1, pp 154–158 | Cite as

Correlation between terrestrial heat flow and thermal conductivity

  • P. S. Naidu


The significant correlation coefficient between the terrestial heat flow and thermal conductivity computed from the continental heat flow data byHorai andNur [1]2) may be explained as a natural consequence of terrestrial heat flow through a random medium. The theory predicts a value of 0.40 for the correlation coefficient. A simple statistical test shows that the majority of the computed coefficients belong to the statistical population whose mean is equal to the theoretical correlation coefficient. There are, however, a few observations of unsually high correlation coefficient which cannot be explained by the above hypothesis.


Thermal Conductivity Heat Flow Flow Data Statistical Population Natural Consequence 
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    K. Horai andA. Nur,Relationship among terrestrial heat flow, thermal conductivity and geothermal gradient, Jour of Geophys. Res.75, No. 11, (1970), 1985–1991.Google Scholar
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    P. S. Naidu,Heat flow in random medium: First order theory, Pure and Applied Geophysics,79 (1970/II), 73–84.Google Scholar

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© Birkhäuser Verlag 1971

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. S. Naidu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Electrical Communication EngineeringIndian Institute of ScienceBangalore-12India

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