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One important difference between 'P' and 'S' waves is their abilities to travel through liquids and solids. 

Have a go image Click on the button to see how P and S-waves travel through solids and liquids.

Questions imageWhich type of wave can travel through both solid and liquid?

P-wave

S-wave

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If you'd like to explore a little further into why liquids cannot sustain transverse waves, then click here.

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