Exhibition “Historical Geophysical Measuring Equipment” now open
Aug 08, 2016

Department of Geophysics, founded in 1974 under the Faculty of Mining at ITU, is hosting a splendid historical exhibition. The exhibition, organized thanks to the arduous efforts of Prof. Dr. Gülçin Özürlan Ağaçgözgü, is now open to students and academics in the faculty’s C corridor.

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The exhibition features several historical devices and equipment that have been used in the departmental lectures since the establishment of the department along with visuals depicting the physical properties that geophysical methods are based on. The equipment displayed in the exhibition is expected to contribute to the development of students’ measurement and evaluation knowledge.

The exhibition also displays newspaper clippings and the pictures of the earliest geophysical measurements obtained from the archives of the sector’s leading institutions such as the General Directorate of the Mineral Research and Exploration and Turkish Petroleum Incorporated Company.

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The exhibition Historical Geophysical Measurement Equipment will be presented permanently with the aim of supplementing the departmental course entitled “Geophysical Measurements”.

What is Geophysical Engineering?

Geophysical engineering is a branch of natural science and engineering that deals with the examination of the physical properties of the Earth and its surrounding space environment, Earth’s behaviour, and earthquakes; exploration of underground resources (water, natural gas, ores, geothermal reservoirs), archeological and cultural artefacts; and selection of sites for engineering constructions and urban habitation. Also, drawing on the principles of physics and tapping into mathematics and geology, geophysics enables us to inspect and understand the subterranean space and map out the dynamic behaviours of the Earth.

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Geophysical Engineering involves various methods that were developed based on different physical parameters of the rocks that form the Earth’s crust and materials inside the Earth: seismology, seismic, gravitational, magnetic, electrical, electromagnetic, radiometric, and geothermal methods.These methods operate based on instrumental measurement and evaluation of magnitudes and fields such as the gravitational field, the electromagnetic field, and the earth’s magnetic field, which are rooted in the physical properties of the Earth.