The Earth's Core
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Earth's solid inner core and liquid outer core, their structures and their impact on life on Earth.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Earth's Core. The inner core is an extremely dense, solid ball of iron and nickel, the size of the Moon, while the outer core is a flowing liquid, the size of Mars. Thanks to the magnetic fields produced within the core, life on Earth is possible. The magnetosphere protects the Earth from much of the Sun's radiation and the flow of particles which would otherwise strip away the atmosphere. The precise structure of the core and its properties have been fascinating scientists from the Renaissance. Recent seismographs show the picture is even more complex than we might have imagined, with suggestions that the core is spinning at a different speed and on a different axis from the surface.
Professor of Physics and Fellow of Mansfield College at the University of Oxford
Associate Professor in Seismology at Utrecht University
Professor of Mineral Physics at the University of Cambridge
Producer: Simon Tillotson.
LINKS AND FURTHER READING
Stephen J. Blundell, Magnetism: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2012)
Stephen G. Brush, Nebulous Earth: A History of Modern Planetary Physics (Cambridge University Press, 1996)
William Lowrie, Fundamentals of Geophysics (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
Ronald T. Merrill, Our Magnetic Earth: The Science of Geomagnetism (University of Chicago Press, 2010)
Martin Redfern, The Earth: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2003)
Frank D. Stacey and Paul M. Davis, Physics of the Earth (Cambridge University Press, 2008)
|Interviewed Guest||Stephen Blundell|
|Interviewed Guest||Arwen Deuss|
|Interviewed Guest||Simon Redfern|