body wave


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body wave

[′bäd·ē ‚wāv]
(geophysics)
A seismic wave that travels within the earth, as distinguished from one that travels along the surface.
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Source characteristics of these earthquakes were studied using the teleseismic body waves recorded at the IRIS Global Seismographic Network.
In contrast, earthquakes are more prolific sources of shear or S body waves as well as of surface waves.
This is because the underlying geology of the two regions is quite different, and the body waves -- seismic signals that travel down through the mantle and crust -- are affected by this geology.
We called the work Body Waves, as this is one of the two types of seismic waves - the ones which travel through the interior of the Earth rather than the surface," Stuff.
Seismic waves also include coupled pressure and shear body waves which are less destructive than surface waves.