The Seismoelectric Effect in Rocks

  • Eleonora I. Parkhomenko
Part of the Monographs in Geoscience book series (MOGEO)


In this chapter, we will consider a comparatively little-known electrical phenomenon observed in rocks — the seismoelectric effect. The seismoelectric effect is considered to be the development of a difference in potential between two adjacent points in a water-bearing rock when an elastic wave passes through it. The seismoelectric effect is an expression of the electrokinetic phenomenon which has been studied in colloid chemistry [1, 2]. Therefore, it is worthwhile considering the fundamental characteristics and mechanisms involved in the electrokinetic phenomenon, before attempting to understand the seismoelectric effect.


Zeta Potential Elastic Wave Electrical Double Layer Pore Radius Surface Conductance 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1971

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eleonora I. Parkhomenko
    • 1
  1. 1.O. Yu. Shmidt Institute of Physics of the EarthAcademy of Sciences of the USSRMoscowUSSR

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