Episode 173: Why you need the Gravity & Magnetic Encyclopedic Dictionary

Serguei Goussev discusses his new book, Gravity & Magnetic Encyclopedic Dictionary.

This book contains more than 3,200 entries and presents a terminology-guided summary of the gravity and magnetic theory, measuring instruments, methods of data acquisition, processing, analysis, and interpretation for geophysical studies of the Earth and other planets. Terrestrial applications include engineering (karst and faults), geodesy, geothermal, groundwater, volcano, and global tectonic studies, CO2 sequestration, reservoir monitoring, exploration for oil and gas, rare earth elements, iron, gold, and other mineral resources.

In this episode, Serguei shares his motivation for compiling this resource and the unique format he created for this dictionary. He also highlights a few of his favorite terms and what he hopes this book achieves. Across many disciplines, especially those interested in rare earth elements and mineral resources, this will serve as an essential and comprehensive resource. This useful and fun conversation highlights a valuable resource for the scientific community that will be on bookshelves for years to come.

Seismic Soundoff · 173: Why you need the Gravity & Magnetic Encyclopedic Dictionary

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Serguei Goussev graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia, with a joint degree in geology and geophysics in 1974. From 1974 to 1995, he worked in acquiring, processing, and interpreting geophysical data in the Okhotsk Sea, South China Sea, northern Siberia, southern Yemen, and Central Asia. Since immigrating to Canada in 1995, he has been working on geophysical exploration projects across the globe. As a result, he has gained 40+ years of experience in gravity, magnetic, and seismic exploration for oil and gas, and mineral resources. Between 1997 and 2020, Serguei authored and co-authored 30 gravity and magnetic exploration studies published in geophysical journals and presented at international conferences and workshops. In addition, he designed the Goussev filter for high-resolution detection of low-amplitude gravity and magnetic gradient anomalies. He has been a member of SEG since 1997.


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Original music created by Zach Bridges. Andrew Geary hosted, edited, and produced this episode at 51 features, LLC. Thank you to the SEG podcast team: Jennifer Cobb, Kathy Gamble, and Ally McGinnis.

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