Anelasticity in the Earth by Frank D. Stacey, M. S. Paterson, A. Nicholas

By Frank D. Stacey, M. S. Paterson, A. Nicholas

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Published via the yankee Geophysical Union as a part of the Geodynamics Series.

The indisputable fact that the fabrics within the sturdy components of the Earth go away from completely elastic behaviour is now relevant to primary geophysical stories. sluggish deformation (creep) by means of the approaches of mantle convection has been broadly recognized for approximately 25 years; it's been realised much longer that seismic waves are attenuated yet extra lately there has constructed a basic if obscure know-how of a likely correlation among excessive attenuation and occasional resistance to creep and within the previous few years seismic attenuation has obtained a lot higher cognizance since it implies a primary order dispersion of physique waves (frequency dependence of elasticity).


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