AGI Suggested Reading | Part 7

AGI Suggested Reading Part 7

Our eight-part series is nearly concluded. But don’t worry! We still have a few more suggestions for you if you want to learn more about resistivity, induced polarization, and more. In fact, we plan on revisiting this series in the future with newer publications. For now, we’re sticking with the tried-and-true reads that have influenced us over the years. If you have any suggestions on what you think is essential reading, just let us know on social media. We want to keep sharing with our community. 

In case you’ve missed it, here are our previous recommendations:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6



Telford, W.M., Geldart, L.P., and Sheriff, R.E., 1990, Applied geophysics, 2nd Edition, Cambridge University Press.


Book Description (From

Completely revised and updated, this new edition of the popular and highly regarded textbook, Applied Geophysics, describes the physical methods involved in exploration for hydrocarbons and minerals. These tools include gravity, magnetic, seismic, electrical, electromagnetic, and radioactivity studies. All aspects of these methods are described, including theoretical considerations, data acquisition, and data processing and interpretation, with the objective of locating concentrations of natural resources and defining their extent. In the past fourteen years or so since the writing of Applied Geophysics, there have been many changes in the field of exploration geophysics. The authors give full treatment to changes in this field, which include improved techniques for calculating gravity fields, the use of proton-precession and optically-pumped magnetometers, improved quality of seismic data, magnetotelluric as a practical exploration method, new electromagnetic exploration methods, the use of gamma-ray spectrometers in radioactive exploration, and improved well-logging techniques. The intent is to be practical, and thus many actual examples and problems are given. Moreover, wherever possible in this edition the authors adopt the use of Système Internationale (SI) units, which were not in standard use at the time of the first edition. The reader needs only a general background knowledge of geology, physics, and mathematics. Most of the math can be skipped by those interested only in the results. Advanced mathematical concepts are explained in the appendix.

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Tikhonov, A.N., and Arsenin, V.Y., 1977, Solutions of ill-posed problems, Vh Winston

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Ward, S.H. (Editor), 1990, Geotechnical and environmental geophysics, Volume I, Investigations In Geophysics, No. 5, Society of Exploration Geophysicists.



Geotechnical and environmental geophysics presents a selection of papers submitted in response to an announcement published in Geophysics (January 1988) and The Leading Edge (February 1988).

“A new SEG publication, Environmental Geophysics, Stanley H. Ward, Editor, has been proposed for 1988. The objective is to provide the specialist and nonspecialist a state-of-the-art book on the correct theory for and case histories of geophysics applied to environmental problems including groundwater delineation, evaluation and protection, landfills, earth and water contamination, chemical waste disposal, nuclear waste disposal, earthquake risk evaluation, radon emanations, landslides, land subsidence, crop-land salinization, and general geotechnical applications such as dams and reservoirs, tunnels and cavities, roads, foundations, rippability, permafrost, pile integrity testing, and archaeological site delineation. Not all the subjects listed will necessarily be included in the proposed book. Timely publication of the most relevant and available articles is key to the success of the volume. A number of tutorial articles will be entertained.”

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