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Multicomponent Seismology

Published:
January 01, 2004

Abstract

Most exploration seismology involves the analysis of P-wave reflections. For waves traveling at near-vertical incidence in a horizontally layered medium, these reflections represent most of the energy recorded by vertical geophones. In marine recording with hydrophone streamers, seismic recordings will consist essentially of P-waves. Conventional seismology has analyzed P-wave reflections with considerable success. Acoustic approximations to the general theories of elastic waves have been fruitful.

Nevertheless, a more complete description of earth's properties is possible through elastic-wave theory, which requires that we consider both P-waves and shear (S-) waves. For this analysis, we use multicomponent recording rather than conventional vertical-component recording.

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Geophysical Monograph Series

Fundamentals of Geophysical Interpretation

Laurence R. Lines
Laurence R. Lines
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Rachel T. Newrick
Rachel T. Newrick
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Society of Exploration Geophysicists
Volume
13
ISBN electronic:
9781560801726
Publication date:
January 01, 2004

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