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James Petersen
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James Petersen
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FIGURE 10.3 Velocity of seismic P (primary) waves increases with depth as material density increases. A rapid change in seismic wave velocity marks the Mohorovičić discontinuity.

Where is the most abrupt change in material density in the upper 700 kilometers of the solid Earth?

To determine

The most abrupt change in material density in the upper 700 kilometers of the solid Earth in the accompanying diagram.

Explanation

The boundary between the crust and the underlying mantle is marked by a considerable change in density, which is called discontinuity. This zone is denoted by a sudden drop in the velocity of the seismic waves while traveling up through this interior boundary...

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