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In his pioneering 1961 paper on seismic anisotropy in a layered earth, Don L. Anderson (hereafter referred to as DLA) introduced a parameter often referred to in global seismology as η without providing any reasoning. This note hopes to clarify the significance of η in the context of the dependence of body wave velocities in a transversely isotropic system on the angle of incidence, and also its relation with the other well-known anisotropic parameters introduced by Leon Thomsen in 1986.

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