The CGS unit of acceleration, one galileo is an acceleration of 1 centimetre per second per second.

1 Galileo is approximately 0.0010197g

The unit is abbreviated as Gal to avoid confusion with the abbreviation of gallon which is gal.

Used by geologists, who make careful measurements of local variations in the acceleration of gravity in order to draw conclusions about the geologic structures underlying an area.

See also: CGS Units, Standard Acceleration due to Gravity.

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