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short-path multiple

1. n. [Geophysics]

Multiply-reflected seismic energy with a shorter travel path than long-path multiples. Short-path multiples tend to come from shallow subsurface phenomena or highly cyclical sedimentation and arrive soon after, and sometimes very near, the primary reflections. Short-path multiples are less obvious than most long-path multiples and are less easily removed by seismic processing.

See: eventghostlong-path multiplemultiple reflectionnoisepeg-leg multipleprimary reflectionprocessing

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