Because of the efficiency with which seismic waves propagate through the Earth and the technical difficulties of decoupling explosions to diminish their seismic radiation, forensic seismology is a critical technique in the enforcement of bans on underground nuclear testing.
In addition to nuclear explosions, the signatures of many other kinds of explosions can also be detected and analyzed by forensic seismology, and even other phenomena such as ocean waves (the global microseism), the movement of icebergs across the sea floor or in collision with other icebergs, or explosions within submarines.
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- John J. Zucca (September 1998). "Forensic Seismology Supports CTBT". Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Retrieved 2011-09-09.
- Richard A. Lovett (5 March 2009). "Forensic seismology". COSMOS magazine.
- Christina Reed (February 2001). "Sinking the Kursk". GeoTimes. Retrieved 2011-09-09.
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