Seismic Refraction

Robert Cicerone
Bridgewater State College
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Initial Publication Date: July 5, 2007


This lab allows the students to review the relevant formulas for the analysis of seismic refraction data and provides three different data sets to analyze three different geologic settings (three-layer model, dipping inferface, fault).

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Undergraduate geophysics course
Designed for a geophysics course

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The students should be familiar with the analysis of travel-time curves constructed from seismic refraction data.

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