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Carbonate reef not horizontal in seismic section?

Carbonate reefs usually appear as homogeneous bodies surrounded by sediment layers in seismic reflection data, but in the figure below the high amplitude reflection from the top of sediment (layer 2 ...
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How to calculate cumulative moment magnitude?

What is the proper way to calculate cumuluative moment magnitude if I know the moment magnitude of several earthquakes?
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Comparing the 4th of August 1998 earthquake to the 16th of April 2016 earthquake in Ecuador

I'm doing an assignment where I'm comparing the two mentioned earthquakes, and trying to figure out which factors played a role in the amount of casualties. In the 1998 earthquake there were only ...
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How to interpret seismic interferometry data?

Here is a screenshot of coseismic interferometry measurements of the 2015 Nepal earthquake. What does it mean? The star is the epicenter of the earthquake. The screenshot was taken from the UNOSAT ...
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Earth's inner core has an inner core inside itself. Are there three inner cores?

The Seeker.com article Earth's Inner Core Has Its Own Inner Core states that researchers at University of Illinois and Nanjing University in China have made a bizarre discovery. They've found that ...
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seismic wave detection standing at the epicenter

If a person is to stand at the epicenter of an earthquake. Is it true that he would not detect P-waves nor S-waves echoing off the mantle core boundary? Since if P-wave that enter perpendicularly ...
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Cross-line fold of a towed-streamer survey

On page 29 of the book 3D Seismic Survey Design by Gijs O. Vermeer, Vermeer says that the equation for a maximum fold in a 3D survey is the following: $M = M_i \times M_c$ where $M_i$ is the inline ...
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How do seismic charges help to investigate the subsurface?

In the film Kong: Skull Island, scientists investigate an island's structure by dropping explosive charges from helicopters: Source: YouTube trailer In reality, geophysicists do something similar ...
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Can large earthquakes happen few times at same place(in days)

I want to know if large earthquakes can happen twice in the same place? I live in Istanbul/Turkey. In Canakkale/Turkey too many earthquakes happen for days! I know it is normal for this region but 4.8 ...
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Good Open source alternatives to SeisImager & RES2DINV?

Are there any good open source (Linux) alternatives of SeisImager which includes Pickwin and Plotrefa and file formats are .sg2? Same question for ...
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Is “seismic energy released” a regionalized variable and can be analyzed using geostatistics?

In geostatistics, we can assess and analyze regionalized variables. Tectonic stresses releases in seismically active regions by occurring earthquakes. We can calculate and estimate the seismic energy ...
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How does moveout correction work in seismic reflection profiling?

When you take a seismic reflection profile you take multiple shots and then stack them together around a common midpoint. Due to the extra distance travelled by the wide angle shots there is a moveout ...
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How do they know the 2016 Kaikoura (NZ) Earthquake was 'complex', involved six different faults?

The BBC news article New Zealand quake: The geological impact of a 'complex' tremor says: The powerful earthquakes which hit New Zealand were some of the most complex ever recorded, say scientists. ...
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Where does the 2015 Nepal earthquake rank amongst earthquakes since 1900?

Wikipedia provides a list of deadly earthquakes since 1900. Where would the April 2015 Nepal earthquake (magnitude currently estimated as 7.8 or 8.1) rank in this list, in terms of magnitude?
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How to find instrumental response for a seismic station

I received seismic data for which I would like to remove the instrumental response. The only information I have is that they were recorded on a Trillium broadband seismometer with a cutoff period of ...
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Tasmanian earthquake patterns

While researching across the Australian Earthquake Engineering Society archive about Seismology, I came across an earthquake map of the Australian island state of Tasmania (below): I am aware that ...
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Discrete Slant Stack on seismic data

In the formula for slant stacking (tau-p transform) a substitution t=tau+d/v is made. If we consider the substitution as a vector equation then how can vector d/v ...
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Is the concept of seismogenic zone still relevant after the 2011 Japan earthquake?

The concept of subduction seismogenic zone, where megathrust seisms occur in a layer between an upper and a lower limit is well documented in the 1990/early 2000 literature : Some example : Pacheco,...
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Relationship between tides and earthquakes

Ide et al. (2016) suggest that earthquakes (especially those of high magnitudes) are more probable during periods of high tidal stress (during full and new moons). While they show a comprehensive ...
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Can large earthquakes happen twice/thrice at the same place within a short timeframe

I want to know if large earthquakes can happen twice in the same region? The reason is that the recent earthquake in Nepal was followed by many after shocks of considerable magnitude. I wanted to ...
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Earthquakes in Oklahoma influenced by Humans?

I'm currently living in Oklahoma, and there has been an abnormal amount of earthquakes lately, by abnormal I mean more then 5 in a day(not sure if that's normal or not).. I've also been told that in ...
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Fault representation

In most illustrations and diagrams of the types of faults, there is always something similar. I noticed that there is a side of the hanging wall and foot wall which is slanted. We're supposed to make ...
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Detecting seismic waves using Software Defined Radio

I understand about physic and waves, but I am a totally rookie in this topic. I was wondering which are the typical frequency ranges of the S-waves, P-waves and surface waves. My idea would be to ...
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Are the other causes of an earthquake (e.g. volcanic eruptions) the cause of the “sudden slip” which is the main cause of an earthquake?

I am to deliver an informative speech about earthquakes in class. However, I was not the first to talk about earthquakes and his discussion of the cause of earthquakes is different from mine. He ...
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Why can Thomsen's parameter $\epsilon$ be negative in VTI media?

I just got several well log curves, some of which are Thomsen's parameters. They are a result of interpretation of Sonic Scanner tool measurements (Schlumberger). Negative epsilon values appear quite ...
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Seismic data processing software

For processing seismic data, why is Seismic Unix so important? What distinguishes it from other seismic processing software like GLOBE Claritas or Omega? Is it argued that processing capabilities are ...
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Seismology: What causes an earthquake? [closed]

I am doing a research on earthquakes but I cannot fully understand what causes earthquakes. "Caused by a sudden releases of energy by the Earth's crust, causing seismic waves which causes the ...
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Seismic attenuation in mixed gas/water

Imagine I set off an airgun in the ocean and I measure the far-field signature. Then I do the same thing shortly after introducing tiny gas bubbles into the water, and mixing them well. Are there ...
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How do seismologists locate the epicenter and focus of an earthquake?

I know the focus of an earthquake is where the earthquake originated from, but what I could never figure out is, how to scientists find out where exactly the focus (and epicenter) are located?
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How is known that the Earth core is solid?

As I know, the Earth core is solid. This is known, because it conducts also transverse waves, while liquids conduct only longitudinal waves. But, how was it found? The inner core is in the outer core,...
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Can a 99.9% probability of an M≥ 5 earthquake within a 3-year period be verified?

Paper: Potential for a large earthquake near Los Angeles inferred from the 2014 La Habra earthquake (2015) Obviously there has been much discussion on the viability of earthquake prediction. This ...
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Regarding velocity of P/S-waves

I feel like I am missing something blindingly simple, but I am curious about something. We are given the velocity of a P-wave as $v_{p} = \sqrt{(K+\frac{4}{3}μ)/ρ}$. So I am to understand ...
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Earthquake data acquisition Geosig VE-53

Is it possible to receive data from a Geosig VE-53 to a PCI data acquisition (serial port) connected to PC and without using a recorder?
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Where and how can seismic data for earthquakes and volcanoes be downloaded?

I need it in this format. I went to USGS and IRIS websites but couldn't understand the downloading procedure
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What determines the spectrum of high and low frequency waves emitted by an earthquake?

Does the shape of the fault that the earthquake originated from determine its ratio of high frequency to low frequency waves? What about shallow-fault vs deep subduction zone earthquakes?
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Is it possible to prevent high magnitude earthquakes by induced earthquakes?

As we know, earthquakes can be induced by human activities. Can we induce earthquakes around faults regularly so that the energy releases regularly, and hence prevent high magnitude earthquakes by ...
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Are volcanoes formed from earthquakes?

I know that some earthquakes are caused by volcanoes and that some earthquakes can trigger volcanic eruptions close to where the earthquake is. But what if a great earthquake(8.0 or above) occurs and ...
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What would a replacement for SEGY look like?

I have been having a miserable time this week reading SEGY files. This is data from the largest seismic acquisition company in the world whose client is the 7th largest oil company in the world. So if ...
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Which component in a 3-component Sp receiver function is the actual Sp RF?

In a 3-component Sp RF I have the green's function in P,SV, and SH. The actual component to the RF that shows the Sp conversion (the one always published in the literature), which would represent as a ...
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Should RTM amplitudes (pre- and post-stack) be related to rock physics properties?

There is as huge uplift in the image quality near and under salt bodies (e.g. the Middle Miocene of the deepwater Gulf of Mexico) by using reverse time migration or RTM. We can now make accurate ...
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How are the ZNE, ZRT and LQT coordinate systems defined?

I'm confused about the direction of Z (upward or downward?), R (outward or toward the source?) and T.
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Will another big earthquake hit Kathmandu?

Recently, we got the news that the western part of Nepal may be hit by a larger earthquake than that of April 25, because it did release all of its energy. During the earthquake, only the eastern part ...
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Is earthquake prediction possible?

After the Tohoku and East Coast quakes, I skimmed over several books discussing the validity of earthquake prediction as a discipline, yet found no significant breakthroughs. What should change in our ...
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What would change if our earth lacks mountains?

I just asked myself what is the role of the mountains on our planet earth? Well there's a well known role for the climate and weather. But is there a kind of physical or geological role? What would ...
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How strong can a glacial icequake get?

While researching Antarctic geology, I came across the term 'icequake' in the abstract to the article Seismicity within a propagating ice shelf rift: The relationship between icequake locations and ...
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Evidence of a seismic trigger of the Storegga Slide ~8.2ka

The Storegga Slide was a catastrophic underwater landslide that occurred off the coast of Norway about 8,200 years ago. This YouTube clip shows simulations that indicate that this slide resulted in ...
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What geological structure(s) is responsible for the recent Queensland earthquakes?

Recently, south-east Queensland has been rattled by 2 moderate earthquakes - a 5.3 a couple of days ago (News report) and a 5.7 tremor just a few hours ago as of writing this post (News Report). These ...
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Why is it necessary in seismic imaging to calculate an image of reflection coefficients when one of the inputs is the velocity model?

Note: I'm not at all an expert in this field. I read in the first few pages of Robein (2010; Seismic Imaging, A Review of the Techniques, their Principles, Merits and Limitations, EAGE) that both ...
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Publicly-available real-time world-wide seismographic information?

Is there a list of websites supplying real time seismographic information for around the world? I could find for specific places. But I'm looking for a list so I can check for anywhere (providing, of ...
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Querying Seismic Databases

I'm trying to find 3-component records of the P-wave arrivals of a variety of earthquakes at seismic stations (specific earthquakes or stations aren't important, I just want a small library of these ...