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Geophysics is a subject of natural science concerned with the physical processes and physical properties of the Earth and its surrounding space environment, and the use of quantitative methods for their analysis. The term geophysics sometimes refers only to geological applications: Earth's shape; its gravitational and magnetic fields; its internal structure and composition; its dynamics and their surface expression in plate tectonics, the generation of magmas, volcanism and rock formation. However, modern geophysics organizations and pure scientists use a broader definition that includes the water cycle including snow and ice; fluid dynamics of the oceans and the atmosphere; electricity and magnetism in the ionosphere and magnetosphere and solar-terrestrial relations; and analogous problems associated with the Moon and other planets.

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Organizations relating to Geophysics

Balkan Geophysical Society / Chania, Greece / Est. 1993
Association of Geoscientists for International Development / Nottingham, UK / Est. 1974
Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health / Est. 1968
European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers / Houten, Netherlands / Est. 1995
International Bureau of Strata Mechanics / Katowice, Poland / Est. 1958
Nordic Volcanological Center / Reykjavik, Iceland / Est. 1972
Latin American Association of Organic Geochemistry / Est. 1988
IASPEI/IAVCEI Joint Commission on Physics and Chemistry of Earth Materials / Miami FL, USA / Est. 1996
Pan American Institute of Geography and History / Mexico City, Mexico / Est. 1928
Coordinating Committee for Geoscience Programmes in East and Southeast Asia / Bangkok, Thailand / Est. 1966
EurAsian Geophysical Society / Moscow, Russia / Est. 1992
International Geoscience Programme / Paris, France / Est. 1972
International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy / Potsdam, Germany / Est. 1919
European Association of Geochemistry / Houten, Netherlands / Est. 1985
Floating University / Est. 1991
European Geosciences Union / Munich, Germany / Est. 2002
International Association for Mathematical Geosciences / Houston TX, USA / Est. 1968
European Mineralogical Union / Jena, Germany / Est. 1987
IUGS Commission on Management and Application of Geoscience Information / Beijing, China / Est. 1967
International VLBI Service for Geodesy and Astrometry / Greenbelt MD, USA / Est. 1999
International Continental Scientific Drilling Program / Potsdam, Germany / Est. 1996
American Geophysical Union / Washington DC, USA / Est. 1919
International Service for Geomagnetic Indices / Strasbourg, France / Est. 1906
Southeast Asian Geotechnical Society / Bangkok, Thailand / Est. 1967
Asia Oceania Geosciences Society / Singapore, Singapore / Est. 2003

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