Talk:Exploration geophysics

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Scope of article[edit]

Should engineering, archaeological, and forensic applications be considered part of Exploration geophysics? There is an exploratory componenent in those applications, but it seems like a stretch.

I don't see anything about geothermal energy exploration. Is this significant enough to deserve a mention? Tapatio (talk) 15:49, 6 January 2010 (UTC)

Well I think it's interesting, but maybe the "minor" uses could all be grouped together under one section? Like "Other uses"? Under the same reasoning, I'd say geothermal energy exploration would merit inclusion too. TastyCakes (talk) 16:09, 6 January 2010 (UTC)

These 'minor uses' are not necessarily less used, but are peripheral to the field of exploration geophysics, as I understand its scope. The introduction of the article states that the purpose of exploration geophysics is: "to detect or infer the presence and position of concentrations of ore minerals and hydrocarbons." I do think that this definition can be somewhat broadened, but I think the article would be most useful if it is kept fairly narrow

These subjects (engineering, forensic, & archaeological applications) can be very appropriately be included on Geophysical survey page, and I would propose moving them there under a new section on applications. An 'Applications' section on the Geophysical survey page could include a number of other subjects as well (e.g., environmental remediation, lightning studies, etc...). Tapatio (talk) 21:10, 6 January 2010 (UTC)

Sure that seems reasonable too, I'd just hate to see the information get lost from Wikipedia altogether. Do you think it might be best to merge "Geophysical survey" and this article into one larger article? I don't think I know enough about the subject to really understand the difference between the two. Isn't geophysical surveying just a way of exploring with geophysics? TastyCakes (talk) 22:59, 6 January 2010 (UTC)

I think this article should definitely be kept, but narrowed to the strict definition of exploration geophysics. Geophysical survey is a more general article that should include exploration geophysics and a link to this one. In a sense, there is not even a clear hierarchical relationship between them, because one can think of geophysical survey as being a tool used in exploration geophysics, or of exploration geophysics being an application of geophysical survey. Tapatio (talk) 02:36, 7 January 2010 (UTC)

I have created a page, Near-surface geophysics, that should accommodate the applications that don't really fit in this article. RockMagnetist (talk) 20:49, 19 September 2011 (UTC)

Name change to: Applied geophysics[edit]

Many contributers have mentioned that archaeological geophysics among others (unexploded ordnance, etc) may not be referred to as "Exploration geophysics". However, all of these are truly a part of "Applied geophysics". Should we then change the name of this article to "Applied geophysics" and mention in the first paragraph that many people refer to this field as Exploration geophysics? Hamsterlopithecus (talk) 15:59, 28 January 2011 (UTC)

The scope of the "Exploration geophysics" page has always seemed uncomfortably broad, and "Applied geophysics" might be a better title. The problem would then arise of writing a more focused article on the important subject of exploration geophysics (which I am not qualified to do). Geophysical survey is important as an information-gathering tool in these fields, but not necessarily the only thing they do, so if that article is merged, it be given appropriate balance. Tapatio (talk) 17:07, 28 January 2011 (UTC)
If we follow the (vague) definition of exploration geophysics that is mentioned in this article, we could make an Applied Geophysics article that includes all fields (hydrocarbon/mineral exploration as well as archaeological surveys, etc) and mention that some of these fields are considered within the realm of Exploration Geophysics. The article could have the following format:
  • Intro
  • The geophysical survey
  • Geophysical methods
  • Applications/Uses
    • Mineral exploration
    • Oil and gas
    • Civil engineering
    • Archaeology
    • Forensics
    • Unexploded ordnance detection
    • etc
Hamsterlopithecus (talk) 19:54, 28 January 2011 (UTC)

I have created a page, Near-surface geophysics, that should accommodate the applications that don't really fit in this article. RockMagnetist (talk) 20:49, 19 September 2011 (UTC)