Gravity Interpretation

Fundamentals and Application of Gravity Inversion and Geological Interpretation

  • Wolfgang Jacoby Johannes
  • Peter L. Smilde

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XX
  2. Wolfgang Jacoby Johannes, Peter L. Smilde
    Pages 1-22
  3. Wolfgang Jacoby Johannes, Peter L. Smilde
    Pages 23-111
  4. Wolfgang Jacoby Johannes, Peter L. Smilde
    Pages 113-149
  5. Wolfgang Jacoby Johannes, Peter L. Smilde
    Pages 151-179
  6. Wolfgang Jacoby Johannes, Peter L. Smilde
    Pages 181-231
  7. Wolfgang Jacoby Johannes, Peter L. Smilde
    Pages 233-270
  8. Wolfgang Jacoby Johannes, Peter L. Smilde
    Pages 271-382
  9. Publisher
    Pages E1-E2
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 383-395

About this book

Introduction

Gravity interpretation involves inversion of data into models, but it is more. Gravity interpretation is used in a “holistic” sense going beyond “inversion”. Inversion is like optimization within certain a priori assumptions, i.e., all anticipated models lie in a limited domain of the a priori errors. No source should exist outside the anticipated model volume, but that is never literally true. Interpretation goes beyond by taking “outside” possibilities into account in the widest sense. Any neglected possibility carries the danger of seriously affecting the interpretation. Gravity interpretation pertains to wider questions such as the shape of the Earth, the nature of the continental and oceanic crust, isostasy, forces and stresses, geol- ical structure, nding useful resources, climate change, etc. Interpretation is often used synonymously with modelling and inversion of observations toward models. Interpretation places the inversion results into the wider geological or economic context and into the framework of science and humanity. Models play a central role in science. They are images of phenomena of the physical world, for example, scale images or metaphors, enabling the human mind to describe observations and re- tionships by abstract mathematical means. Models served orientation and survival in a complex, partly invisible physical and social environment.

Keywords

formation geodynamics geophysics gravity integration inversion

Authors and affiliations

  • Wolfgang Jacoby Johannes
    • 1
  • Peter L. Smilde
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für GeowissenschaftenGutenberg-Universität Mainz55099 MainzGermany
  2. 2.55257 BudenheimGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-85329-9
  • Copyright Information Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-85328-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-85329-9
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