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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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.
P(n) and P(g) are two types of compressional body waves.
Seismic waves also include coupled pressure and shear body waves which are less destructive than surface waves.
The debate over yield estimates was reportedly rejuvenated within the government this year after two advisory panels to the Department of Defense (DOD) considered the use of surface waves -- seismic signals that travel along the surface of the earth--in addition to the body waves now used in yield estimates of big explosions.