Micro-XRF Studies of Sediment Cores

Applications of a non-destructive tool for the environmental sciences

  • Ian W. Croudace
  • R. Guy Rothwell

Part of the Developments in Paleoenvironmental Research book series (DPER, volume 17)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Marine Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Isabel Rodríguez-Germade, Belén Rubio, Daniel Rey, Federico Vilas, Carmen F. López-Rodríguez, Maria Carmen Comas et al.
      Pages 103-126
  3. Lake and River Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Sarah J. Davies, Henry F. Lamb, Stephen J. Roberts
      Pages 189-226
    3. Jonathan N. Turner, Anna F. Jones, Paul A. Brewer, Mark G. Macklin, Sara M. Rassner
      Pages 227-265
    4. Nicholas L. Balascio, Pierre Francus, Raymond S. Bradley, Benjamin B. Schupack, Gifford H. Miller, Bjørn C. Kvisvik et al.
      Pages 305-324
    5. Peter Dulski, Achim Brauer, Clara Mangili
      Pages 325-349
    6. Christian Ohlendorf, Volker Wennrich, Dirk Enters
      Pages 351-372
  4. Environmental Geochemistry and Forensic Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 391-391
    2. Ian W. Croudace, Elena Romano, Antonella Ausili, Luisa Bergamin, R. Guy Rothwell
      Pages 393-421
    3. Helen Miller, Ian W. Croudace, Jonathan M. Bull, Carol J. Cotterill, Justin K. Dix, Rex N. Taylor
      Pages 423-442
  5. Technological Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 457-457
    2. Sébastien Bertrand, Konrad Hughen, Liviu Giosan
      Pages 473-490
    3. Pierre Francus, Kinuyo Kanamaru, David Fortin
      Pages 491-505
    4. Stuart Jarvis, Ian W. Croudace, R. Guy Rothwell
      Pages 535-562
    5. Craig A. Grove, Alberto Rodriguez-Ramirez, Gila Merschel, Rik Tjallingii, Jens Zinke, Adriano Macia et al.
      Pages 563-581
    6. Daniel N. Schillereff, Richard C. Chiverrell, Ian W. Croudace, John F. Boyle
      Pages 583-600
    7. Sarah J. Kelloway, Colin R. Ward, Christopher E. Marjo, Irene E. Wainwright, David R. Cohen
      Pages 601-612
  6. The Future of Non-destructive Core Scanning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 625-625
    2. Ian W. Croudace, R. Guy Rothwell
      Pages 627-647
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 649-656

About this book


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.


Core logging Core scanning Geochemistry Lake cores Micro-XRF Non-destructive Paleoenvironmental studies Screening tools Sedimentology

Editors and affiliations

  • Ian W. Croudace
    • 1
  • R. Guy Rothwell
    • 2
  1. 1.Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography CentreUniversity of Southampton Waterfront CampusSouthamptonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.National Oceanography CentreSouthamptonUnited Kingdom

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