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acoustic

1. adj. [Geophysics]

Pertaining to sound. Generally, acoustic describes sound or vibrational events, regardless of frequency. The term sonic is limited to frequencies and tools operated in the frequency range of 1 to 25 kilohertz.

See: acoustic coupleracoustic logbeldecibelelastic wavehertzside-scan sonarsynthetic seismogramtransit timevelocity

Plot of range versus resolution of various geophysical data.

2. adj. [Geophysics]

In geophysics, acoustic refers specifically to P-waves in the absence of S-waves (i.e., in fluids, which do not support S-waves, or in cases in which S-waves in solids are ignored).

See: P-waveS-wave

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