Destructive and non-destructive density determination: method comparison and evaluation from the Laguna Potrok Aike sedimentary record


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Density measurements play a central role in the characterization of sediment profiles. When working with long records (>100 m), such as those routinely obtained within the frame of the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program, several methods can be used, all of them varying in resolution, time-cost efficiency and source of errors within the measurements. This paper compares two relatively new non- destructive densitometric methods, CT-Scanning and the coherent/incoherent ratio from an Itrax XRF core Scanner, to data acquired from a Multi-sensor core logger Gamma Ray Attenuation Porosity Evaluator (MSCL Grape) and discrete measurements of dry bulk density, wet bulk density and water content. Quality assessment of density measurements is performed at low and high resolution along the Laguna Potrok Aike (LPA) composite sequence. Giving its resolution (0.4 mm in our study), its high signal to noise ratio, we conclude that CT-Scan provides a precise, fast and cost-efficient way to determine density variation of long sedimentary record. Although more noisy that the CT-Scan measurements, coherent/incoherent ratio from the XRF core scanner also provides a high-resolution, reliable continuous measure of density vari- ability of the sediment profile. The MSCL Grape density measurements provide actual density data and have the significant advantage to be completely non-destructive since the acquisition is performed on full cores prior to opening. However, the quality MSCL Grape density measurements can potentially be reduced by the presence of voids within the sediment core tubes and the dry and bulk density measurements suffers from sampling challenges and are time-consuming.



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DOI 10.1016/j.quascirev.2012.08.024

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Fortin, D. , Francus, P. , Gebhardt, A. C. , Hahn, A. , Kliem, P. , Lisé-Pronovost, A. , Roychowdhury, R. , Labrie, J. and St-Onge, G. (2013): Destructive and non-destructive density determination: method comparison and evaluation from the Laguna Potrok Aike sedimentary record , Quaternary Science Reviews, 71 , pp. 147-153 . doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2012.08.024


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