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Earthquakes 6.9

Seismic Waves from Earthquakes

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Height of a wave; this can be measured from a center line to the top of the crest, or to the bottom of the trough. amplitude
Type of seismic wave that travels through the body of a planet; body waves include primary waves and secondary waves. body wave
Highest point of a wave crest
Surface wave that has a side-to-side motion, much like a slithering snake. Love wave
Fastest type of body wave, capable of traveling through solids, liquids, and gases. primary wave (P-wave)
Surface wave that has a rolling motion. secondary wave (S-wave)
Seismic wave that travels around the ground surface; the two types are Love and Rayleigh waves. surface wave
Lowest point of a wave. trough
Horizontal distance between two waves, as measured from crest to crest or trough to trough. wavelength
Created by: kkalnin