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Developments in Paleoenvironmental Research

Micro-XRF Studies of Sediment Cores

Applications of a non-destructive tool for the environmental sciences

Editors: Croudace, Ian W., Rothwell, R. Guy (Eds.)

  • Features papers on the use of micro-XRF sediment core scanners in palaeoenvironmental research 
  • Presents a broad ranging view of instrument capability and points to future developments that will help contribute to higher precision elemental data and faster core analysis 
  • Broadens understanding of an increasingly used analytic technique that has revolutionised the capability to extract high-resolution palaeoenvironmental data from sediment archives
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This volume presents papers on the use of micro-XRF core scanners in palaeoenvironmental research. It contains a broad ranging view of instrument capability and points to future developments that will help contribute to higher precision elemental data and faster core analysis. Readers will find a diverse range of research by leading experts that have used micro-XRF core scanners in a wide range of scientific applications. The book includes specific application papers reporting on the use of XRF core scanners in a variety of marine, lacustrine, and pollution studies. In addition, coverage also examines practical aspects of core scanner usage, data optimisation and data calibration and interpretation.

In a little over a decade, micro-XRF sediment core scanners have made a substantive contribution to palaeoenvironmental research. Their impact is based on their ability to rapidly, non-destructively and automatically scan sediment cores. Not only do they rapidly provide important proxy data without damaging samples, but they can obtain environmental data at decadal, annual and even sub-annual scales. This volume will help both experienced and new users of these non-destructive core scanners take full advantage of one of the most powerful geochemical screening tools in the environmental scientist's toolbox.

About the authors

Ian Croudace is a geochemist with more than 40 years research experience, holds an academic position at the University of Southampton (Ocean and Earth Science) and is Director of GAU-Radioanalytical. He is a specialist in several branches of analytical geochemistry including X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, gamma ray spectrometry and radioanalytical chemistry and has published more than 135 papers in the international geochemical and chemical literature. During his career he has supervised 26 PhD students on a variety of geochemical topics. He has also co-developed an industry standard instrument for extracting tritium and C-14 from nuclear and related materials. With NOC colleague Guy Rothwell in 2000 he conceived the fundamental design of what became the prototype Itrax X-ray corescanner. He jointly obtained development funding, identified and commissioned the analytical partner (Cox Analytical) and contributed to the realisation of the first Itrax core scanner that emerged in 2003.

Guy Rothwell is a marine sedimentologist and Curator of the British Ocean Sediment Core Research Facility (BOSCORF), the UK's national deep-sea core repository, located at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. He has participated in over 25 research cruises including two legs of the Ocean Drilling Program. He and colleague Ian Croudace conceived of and secured the funds to realise the prototype Itrax core scanner and contributed to its design. He is author of Minerals and Mineraloids in Marine Sediments (Elsevier Applied Science, 1989) and editor of New Techniques in Sediment Core Analysis (Geological Society of London Special Publication, 2006).

Table of contents (27 chapters)

  • Micro-XRF Studies of Sediment Cores: A Perspective on Capability and Application in the Environmental Sciences

    Rothwell, R. Guy (et al.)

    Pages 1-21

  • Twenty Years of XRF Core Scanning Marine Sediments: What Do Geochemical Proxies Tell Us?

    Rothwell, R. Guy (et al.)

    Pages 25-102

  • Optimization of Itrax Core Scanner Measurement Conditions for Sediments from Submarine Mud Volcanoes

    Rodríguez-Germade, Isabel (et al.)

    Pages 103-126

  • Use of Calibrated ITRAX XRF Data in Determining Turbidite Geochemistry and Provenance in Agadir Basin, Northwest African Passive Margin

    Hunt, James E. (et al.)

    Pages 127-146

  • Identification, Correlation and Origin of Multistage Landslide Events in Volcaniclastic Turbidites in the Moroccan Turbidite System

    Hunt, James E. (et al.)

    Pages 147-172

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
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Hardcover $129.00
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Micro-XRF Studies of Sediment Cores
Book Subtitle
Applications of a non-destructive tool for the environmental sciences
Editors
  • Ian W. Croudace
  • R. Guy Rothwell
Series Title
Developments in Paleoenvironmental Research
Series Volume
17
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-9849-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-9849-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-017-9848-8
Series ISSN
1571-5299
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIX, 656
Number of Illustrations and Tables
87 b/w illustrations, 152 illustrations in colour
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