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The proven fact that the fabrics within the strong elements of the Earth leave from completely elastic behaviour is now important to primary geophysical reports. gradual deformation (creep) by way of the tactics of mantle convection has been largely acknowledged for roughly 25 years; it's been realised much longer that seismic waves are attenuated yet extra lately there has constructed a common if imprecise know-how of a possible correlation among excessive attenuation and occasional resistance to creep and within the previous couple of years seismic attenuation has bought a lot higher recognition since it implies a primary order dispersion of physique waves (frequency dependence of elasticity).


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