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Space Satellite Produces World's First-Ever Gravity Field Map

By: Katie Cordrey - Published:   Updated: Aug 2 2011 • References: geophysics.ou.edu & gajitz
The gravity field map known as GEOID was generated from readings taken by a low-orbiting known as GOCE, which stands for Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer. GOEC precisely measures the Earth's gravitational field and the data is used to create the gravity field map.

The GEOID gravity field map will help in studying oceans, predicting volcanoes and earthquakes, helping with structural engineering, and providing a better understanding of Earth's gravity.

Implications - Consumers in modern society are interested in learning more about the world they live in. Coming out with more products that allow for greater exploration of the planet could help a company increase its appeal on the market.

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