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The Seismic Wavefield

The Seismic Wavefield

Volume 1. Introduction and Theoretical Development


  • Date Published: January 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521006637

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  • The Seismic Wavefield provides a guide to the understanding of seismograms in terms of physical propagation processes within the Earth. The focus is on the observation of earthquakes and man-made sources on all scales, for both body waves and surface waves. Volume I begins with a survey of the structure of the Earth and the nature of seismic wave propagation using examples of observed seismograms. The second part provides a full development of the theoretical background for seismic waves. Volume II covers local and regional seismic events, global wave propagation, and the three-dimensional Earth. The combination of observation and theoretical development with a strong visual focus will greatly appeal to graduate students in seismology. The book will also be valuable to researchers and professionals in academia and the petroleum industry.

    • The only text available that strongly links observations and theory in seismology
    • Includes clear illustrations and explanations of physical processes leading to seismic records
    • Author is very experienced and well respected authority on this topic
    • Volume II covers local and regional seismic events, global wave propagation and the three-dimensional Earth
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    'This book will be very valuable to students and researchers in the fields of seismology and petroleum industry.' Zentralblatt MATH

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521006637
    • length: 382 pages
    • dimensions: 257 x 179 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • contains: 145 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. Seismic Waves and the Structure of the Earth:
    2. Earthquakes and earth structure
    3. Seismic waves
    4. Seismic sources
    5. Seismic phases
    6. Building a seismogram
    Part II. Seismic Wave Propagation: General:
    7. Stress and strain
    8. Seismic waves I - Plane waves
    9. Seismic waves II - Wavefronts and rays
    10. Rays in stratification
    11. Seismic sources
    12. Waves in stratification
    13. Reflection and transmission
    14. Building a response of a model
    15. Constructing the wavefield
    16. Body waves and surface waves
    Appendix: table of notation

  • Author

    B. L. N. Kennett, Australian National University, Canberra

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