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Emergent wavefronts can be developed from traveltime data when the velocity is known by applying Huygens' principle in reverse. Targeting between complementary wavefronts provides a solution to a reversed profile that is independent of the refractor velocity. The agreement between two one-way solutions imposed thereon proves correctness. Reversed refraction profiling is the only geophysical method affording an interpretation which can be proved correct on the data alone. However, application of this fact is limited by recording conditions and velocity complexities.

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