abstract

Seismometers in spherical aluminum pressure housings have been weighted to float stably at midwater depths in the ocean, and thus record water motions in a frequency band of 0.02 to 5 cps. Simultaneous records made with a midwater instrument at 1.2-km depth and a bottom instrument at 4.6-km depth showed coherence at spectral power peaks of leaky organ-pipe frequencies and additional coherence peaks at frequencies down to 0.025 cps. Twenty organ-pipe modes can be tentatively identified. The spectral power can be attributed almost entirely to microseismic motions in wave-guide modes. We conclude that the forcing functions for microseisms are broad enough so that deep ocean-bottom and midwater microseism spectral peak frequencies are characteristic of local bathymmetry.

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