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Core Spins Faster Than Earth, Lamont Scientists Find

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Inner core sensitive modes exhibit a spread of singlet frequencies far exceeding that which can be explained by plausible isotropic heterogeneity. This large deviation from sphericity contributes to non-uniqueness of the non-linear inversion for individual mode splitting functions. To alleviate this non-uniqueness, we have implimented a direct and simultaneous inversion of spectra from 25 modes for inner core structure.

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The Earth’s inner core has this remarkable property: Compressional waves travel faster along its spin axis than in the equatorial plane. Such a directional dependence of wave propagation, together with the anomalous splitting of core-sensitive normal modes, was explained by an anisotropic inner core model first proposed by Harvard Seismology Group in 1986. Since then, we have further investigated its anisotropy extensively using both travel-time anomalies and the normal modes splitting.

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Researchers confirm discovery of Earth’s inner, innermost core. Archives. News Bureau. University of Illinois.