seismic velocity

Related Overviews


More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • Earth Sciences and Geography


Quick Reference

The speed with which an elastic wave propagates through a medium. For non-dispersive body waves, the seismic velocity is equal to both the phase and group velocities; for dispersive surface waves, the seismic velocity is usually taken to be the phase velocity. Seismic velocity is assumed usually to increase with increasing depth and when measured in a vertical direction it may be 10–15% lower than when measured parallel to strata. See anisotropy.

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.

Reference entries