WHAT IS GEOPHYSICS?

Geophysics is the application of physics to problems in geology, or the Earth's physical environment. Most people are familiar with a branch of geophysics known as seismology. Besides seismology, (seismic is the abbreviation often used) geophysicists use magnetic and gravity fields, as well as electromagnetic fields, to probe the subsurface. Ground penetrating radar, magnetic resonance imaging, and remote sensing from satellites, are also used.
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WHAT DO GEOPHYSICISTS DO?

Geophysics is a very broad field so geophysicists do a lot of different things. In Western Canada, most geophysicists work in the oil and gas industry or the mineral exploration industry. A smaller number work in the environmental field and this area is expected to grow in the future. Recent graduates from the U of S geophysics program are looking for oil and gas, diamonds, gold and even water. Although our program specializes in exploration geophysics, many geophysicists work in other areas, for example oceanography, atmospheric dynamics or the robotic exploration of Mars!
 
 

HERE IS WHAT A MINING GEOPHYSICIST HAS TO SAY ABOUT HIS JOB

As a geophysicist in the mining industry, you are exposed to a number of geophysical survey techniques applied in various environments. Historically, canada has played a leading role in the development and application of the survey equipment and techniques presently used in the industry. Electromagnetic, potential field, seismic and DC mapping techniques all play a role in exploring for and developing various mineral deposits. Near surface mining technologies, such as resistivity mapping, are more widely used as environmental applications of geophysics become more common. As a recent graduate, a geophysicist can initially expect to perform, take part in or monitor, geophysical surveys in the field. This is followed by a period of survey planning, interpretation and report writing within an exploration office. All work is completed as a coordinated part of an exploration team. As exploration is pushed to greater depths, geophysics plays a stronger role in the evaluation of exploration plays. If you enjoy travelling, the outdoors, and have strong computer and interpersonal skills, then mining geophysics will provide a challenging career for you.
 
  Here is what a ten year old girl has to say about being a geophysicist.

 

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