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Physical Properties of the Earth’s Interior

Course Description

Study program: Geology of oil and gas (VII semester -DAS), Paleontology (IX semester -DAS), Regional geology (IX semester -DAS), Geophysics (IX semester -DAS)

Name of subject: Physical Properties of the Earth’s Interior

Instructors: Dr Vesna Cvetkov

Status: Compulsory


Prerequisites: -

Course Objectives: The aim of the course is to help students acquire the knowledge of the basics of complex physical processes that occur on Earth’s surface and in its interior, as well as geophysical methods, which are used for testing the physical properties and structure of the Earth’s interior.

Learning Outcomes: Learning outcomes of the course is to acquire knowledge and competencies required for the study of the physical properties and structure of the Earth’s interior, as well as the basis for further development in this area at higher levels of study.


Theory teaching
The place and importance of geophysical methods to solve the problem of the Earth’s interior structure. The importance of the knowledge of the processes in the Earth for analyzing the data measured at the Earth’s surface. the zones). Definition of the Earth’s zonal model based on the results of seismological research (discontinuities, aggregate states of the zones). Distribution of density in the Earth’s interior. Distribution of heat (heat sources, heat transfer) and pressure in the Earth’s interior. Processes in the mantle. The origin of the Earth’s magnetic field. Telluric currents. Earth’s shape, ellipsoid and geoid determination. Changes in the shape of the Earth (pulsations, rotation). Geophysical basics of modern geotectonic theories.

Practical teaching
Solving theoretical and practical problems. Preparation of seminar work on a given topic.

Suggested Reading List

  1. Главатовић, Б., 2005: Основи геонаука. Сеизмолошки завод Црне Горе, Подгорица.
  2. Telford, W., M., Geldart, L. , P., Sheriff, R. , E., Keys, D. , A., 1995: Applied Geophysics. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  3. Heiskanen, W., A., Moritz, H., 2000: Физичка геодезија. Грађевински факултет, Београд.
  4. Избор радова из водећих геофизичких часописа

Fund Hours:

Lectures Exercises Other forms of teaching Study research
2 2 0 0

Conduct of the Course: Lectures and exercises are carried out using computer presentations, which are accessible to students and thus facilitates the learning process. Exercises follow lectures, which provides better understanding and overcoming the matter.

AssessmentОцена знања:

Final Exam ECTS
Written Exam 40
Classwork Assessment ECTS
Class Participation 5
Practical Classes 15
Seminars 40

Additional Assessment Criteria -