Seismology Measuring the Interior-2

Seismology Measuring the Interior-2






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  • PP.29-Stein: What in the physics of the solid earth allows waves to propagate through it? How does the propagation of seismic waves depend on the nature of the material within the earth? Stress Tensor : Describing the forces acting within a deformable solid earth material, and describes deformation.
  • PP. 102, Fowler, 2005. The bulk modules K , which is defined as the ratio of the increase in pressure to the resulting fractional change in volume, is a measure of the force per unit area required to compress material. The shear modulus  is a measure of the force per unit area needed to change the shape of a material. Since P-wave involve change of volume and shape,  is a function of K and  , whereas  is only function of  because S-waves involve no change in volume. Since the bulk modules K must be positive, equations (4.4 and 4.5) show that Vp is always greater than Vp, or, in other words, P-waves always travel faster than S-waves. The rigidity  for liquid is zero, a liquid has no rigidity and can not sustain shear; EQ. (4.5) therefore indicates that S-waves can not be propagated through liquids. Thus, S-waves can not be transmitted through the Earth’s liquid outer core. The dependence of Vp and Vs on density is not immediately obvious, but, in general, denser rocks have higher seismic velocities, contrary to what one would expect from a first glance at Eqs. (4.4) and (4.5). This occurs because the elastic module K and  are also dependent on  and increase rapidly than  .
  • Graph of seismic velocity versus density for materials presented in Fig.3.9. L=limestone; Q=quartz; Sh=shale; Ss=sandstone. Solid rectangles with labels are compressional wave velocities (Vp); corresponding shear wave velocities s) shown directly beneath by plus’s. Emprical (Nafe-Drake”) curves, developed through analysis of numerous rock and sediment samples, are superimposed on the graph (Ludwig, Nafe, and Drake, 1971). Portions of these curves, highlighted by the solid lines, show roughly linear relationship between seismic velocities and densities for crustal rocks. 1g/cm3=103kg/m3.
  • Seismic wave behavior P waves arrive first, then S waves, then L and R After an earthquake, the difference in arrival times at a seismograph station can be used to calculate the distance from the seismograph to the epicenter (D).
  • from an Earthquake occurring on a reverse fault

Seismology Measuring the Interior-2 Seismology Measuring the Interior-2 Presentation Transcript

  • Solid Earth Geophysics Ali Oncel [email_address] Department of Earth Sciences KFUPM Today’s class: Seismology Measuring the Interior Reading: Fowler Chapter 4
  • Compressional α and β are termed for the P- wave and S- wave velocities. Often, the symbols Vp and Vs are used instead of α and β . Θ is the scalar displacement potential, but U vector displacement.  ,  are the Lamé coefficients, where  is bulk modulus (incompressibility) ,   shear modulus (rigidity) and ρ density . Wave Equations Rotational
  • Seismic velocities How  and  depend on density  ? P wave velocity a and S wave velocity b depend on physical properties of medium through which they travel: where: K = the bulk modulus, or the reciprocal of compressibility.  = the shear modulus, or the second Lam é constant, and  = density.  = k - = 2   E 3 ( 1 +  ) ( 1 – 2  )
  • P and S-Wave Velocities
    • Unlike density, seismic velocity involves the deformation of a rock as a function of time. As shown below, a cube of rock can be compressed , which changes its volume and shape or sheared , which changes its shape but not its volume.
    Last Updated: January 2007
  • Nafe-Drake Curve
    • An important empirical relation exists between P wave velocity and density.
    • Cross-plotting velocity and density values of crustal rocks gives the Nafe-Drake curve after its discoverers.
    • Only a few rocks such as salt (unusually low density) and sulphide ores (unusually high densities) lie off the curve.
  • Nafe-Drake Curve
    • It is a linear relationship between density and seismic velocity
    • V = a ρ + b
    • where a and b are constants.
  • Elastic Constants and Velocity Grifts and King, 1981
  • Locating an Earthquake’s Epicentre
  • Travel-times for location
    • Measure time between P and S wave on seismogram
    • Use travel-time graph to get distance to epicenter
  • Earthquake terminology
  • Body wave phases
    • P : P wave in mantle
    • K : P wave in OC
    • I : P wave in IC
    • S : S wave in mantle
    • J : S wave in IC
    • c : reflection off CMB
    • i : reflection off ICB
    • s,p : upgoing surface reflection
  • Global travel time curves
  • Focal Mechanism
    • There are special graphics, called focal mechanisms or “beach balls” that we use as shorthand to describe the style of faulting.
  • Seismographs
    • A seismograph is an instrument which writes a permanent continuous record of earth motion.[ 1 ] Measuring the three orthogonal components of ground motion at a seismic.
  • Simplified motions of seismic waves Seismic waves are waves of energy that travel through Earth and along its surface. The waves are produced by earthquakes , explosions , or some other disturbance. Seismic waves are studied to locate and understand earthquakes and to determine the structure of Earth's interior.
  • Seismic Waves
    • Body and surface wave paths from an earthquake located SSE of a station. b) Seismograms from each of the three seismometers, responding to arrivals of the body (P= compressional, S= shear) and surface (L=Love, R= Rayleigh) waves
  • Polarity : P-waves
    • Initial arrival as a compression pushes the ground up; Z-component shows an upward first motion.
    • Initial arrival as a dilatation pulls the ground down; Z-component shows an downward first motion
    Pushes up Pulls down
  • Initial P-wave Radiation Pattern:
    • Waves radiate outward in quadrants of compression and dilatation
    • The Z-component seismograms for the three stations highlighted in (a).
    • Map view of radiation pattern for right-lateral, strike-slip fault occurring along the San Andreas transform plate boundary
    • First-motion information for arrival at stations indicated in (a), plotted as a focal mechanism solution .
  • c) Auxiliary fault interpretation of the first-motion in (a), showing that the same radiation pattern could have resulted from a left-lateral fault. d) Focal mechanism solution for (c) is exactly the same as that resulting from right-lateral fault in (a).
    • Unbiguity for Strike
    • Bingol EQ, May 1, 2003
    • What is the strike of fault?
    Case Work: Fault interpretation M w =6.4
    • Deploying Stations
    • Aftershocks Monitoring
    Case Work: Fault interpretation
    • Strike based Aftershocks
    • Earthquake Ruptures
    Case Work: Fault interpretation