# What causes seismic waves to slow down?

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## What causes seismic waves to slow down?

Seismic waves move more slowly through a liquid than a solid. Molten areas within the Earth slow down P waves and stop S waves because their shearing motion cannot be transmitted through a liquid. Partially molten areas may slow down the P waves and attenuate or weaken S waves.

### Can seismic waves be stopped?

We cannot prevent natural earthquakes from occurring but we can significantly mitigate their effects by identifying hazards, building safer structures, and providing education on earthquake safety. By preparing for natural earthquakes we can also reduce the risk from human induced earthquakes.

#### What is the speed of a seismic wave depend on?

Seismic wave fields are recorded by a seismometer, hydrophone (in water), or accelerometer. The propagation velocity of the waves depends on density and elasticity of the medium. Velocity tends to increase with depth and ranges from approximately 2 to 8 km/s in the Earth’s crust up to 13 km/s in the deep mantle.

What do seismic waves travel slowest through?

There are two types of body waves: P-waves travel fastest and through solids, liquids, and gases; S-waves only travel through solids. Surface waves are the slowest, but they do the most damage in an earthquake.

What causes the velocity of seismic waves to change?

Seismic waves are studied by geophysicists called seismologists. The propagation velocity of seismic waves depends on density and elasticity of the medium as well as the type of wave. Velocity tends to increase with depth through Earth’s crust and mantle, but drops sharply going from the mantle to outer core.

## What causes the velocity of AP wave to slow down when it enters the outer core?

What causes the velocity of a P-wave to slow down when it enters the outer core? a. The outer core is a much more dense material than the mantle. The outer core is liquid, and thus the wave slows down.

### Which of the seismic waves travels the fastest?

P waves
P waves travel fastest and are the first to arrive from the earthquake. In S or shear waves, rock oscillates perpendicular to the direction of wave propagation. In rock, S waves generally travel about 60% the speed of P waves, and the S wave always arrives after the P wave.

#### What affects the speed of seismic waves?

Temperature tends to lower the speed of seismic waves and pressure tends to increase the speed. Usually, the effect of pressure is the larger and in regions of uniform composition, the velocity generally increases with depth, despite the fact that the increase of temperature with depth works to lower the wave velocity.

What controls seismic velocity?

The most significant factor affecting seismic wave velocities is porosity. In the above table, we saw that seismic waves travel faster in solids than they do in fluids; with S-waves being unable to propagate through fluids. Thus as the porosity of a rock increases, both the P-wave and S-wave velocities will decrease.

Which seismic wave travels the fastest?

## What are the differences between the 3 seismic waves motion speed?

Primary waves travel faster, move in a push-pull pattern, travel through solids, liquids and gases, and cause less damage due to their smaller size. Secondary waves travel slower, move in an up-and-down pattern, travel only through solids, and cause more damage due to their greater size.

### Why do seismic waves travel faster through denser materials?

Seismic waves travel more quickly through denser materials and therefore generally travel more quickly with depth. Anomalously hot areas slow down seismic waves. Seismic waves move more slowly through a liquid than a solid.

#### How is the propagation velocity of a seismic wave determined?

Seismic waves are studied by geophysicists called seismologists. Seismic wave fields are recorded by a seismometer, hydrophone (in water), or accelerometer . The propagation velocity of seismic waves depends on density and elasticity of the medium as well as the type of wave.

How does refraction affect the speed of seismic waves?

Refraction has an important affect on waves that travel through Earth. In general, the seismic velocity in Earth increases with depth (there are some important exceptions to this trend) and refraction of waves causes the path followed by body waves to curve upward.

What is the typical propagation speed of a S wave?

Typical S-wave propagation speeds are on the order of 1 to 8 km/sec. The lower value corresponds to the wave speed in loose, unconsolidated sediment, the higher value is near the base of Earth’s mantle.