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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Photo: Earthquakes can often be distinguished from explosions by comparing the magnitude of one surface wave to that of a body wave (which travels deep in the earth) generated by an event.
Hannon also thinks that surface waves have a potential for complementing body wave measurements for large explosions but adds that more research is needed to explore how surface waves depend on the geology near the source of the event.
Working with the Melbourne sound artist Malcolm Riddich, she transformed these sounds of aftershocks and chaos into a soundscape called Body Waves.
The seismic waves produced by earthquakes include body waves which travel through the earth and surface waves which travel across it.