A core sample is a cylindrical section of usually a naturally occurring substance.
Most core samples are obtained by drilling with special drills into the substance, for example sediment or rock, with a hollow steel tube called a core drill. The hole made for the core sample is called the "core bowling". A variety of core samplers to sample different media under different conditions. More continue to be invented on a regular basis. In the coring process, the sample is pushed
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Removed from the tube in the laboratory, it is inspected and analyzed by different techniques and equipment depending on the type of data desired.
Core samples can be taken to test the properties of manmade materials, such as concrete ceramicssome metals and alloys, especially the softer ones. Core samples can also be taken of living things, including human beings, especially of a person's bones for microscopic examination to help diagnose diseases. The range of equipment and techniques
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Core samples are most often taken with their long axis oriented roughly parallel to the axis of a borehole, or parallel to the gravity field for the gravity-driven tools. However it is also possible to take core samples from the wall Vibracore dating an existing borehole. Taking samples from an exposure, albeit an overhanging rock face or on a different planet, is almost trivial.
The Mars Exploration Rovers carry a Rock Abrasion ToolVibracore dating is logically equivalent to the "rotary sidewall core" tool described below. Although often neglected, core samples always degrade to some degree in the process of cutting the core, handling it, and studying it.
Non-destructive techniques are increasingly common e. What happens to cores between the retrieval equipment and the final laboratory or archive is an often neglected part of record keeping and core management.
Coring has come to be recognized as an important source of data, and more attention and care is being put on preventing damage to the core during various stages of it transportation and analysis. The usual way to do this is to freeze the core completely using liquid nitrogen, which is cheaply sourced. Equally, a core sample which cannot be related to its context where it was before it became a core sample has lost much of its benefit.
The identification of the borehole, and position and orientation "way up" of the core in the borehole is
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If these data become separated from core samples, it is generally impossible to regain that data. The cost of a coring operation can vary from a few currency units for a hand-caught core from a soft soil section to tens of millions of currency units for sidewall cores from a remote-area offshore borehole many kilometres deep.
Inadequate recording of such basic data has ruined the utility of both types of core. Different disciplines have different local conventions of recording these data, and the user should familiarize themselves with their area's conventions.
For example, in the oil industry, orientation of the core is typically recorded by marking Vibracore dating core with two longitudinal colour streaks, with the red Vibracore dating on the right when the core is being retrieved and marked at surface.
Cores cut for mineral mining may have their own, Vibracore dating, conventions. Civil engineering or soil studies may have their own, different, conventions as their materials are often not competent enough to make permanent marks on.
It is becoming increasingly common to retain core samples in cylindrical packaging which forms part of the core-cutting equipment, and to make the marks of record on these "inner barrels" in the field prior to further processing and analysis in the laboratory.
Some of the "inner barrel" systems are capable of being reversed on the core sample, so that in the laboratory the sample goes "wrong way up" when the core is reassembled. This can complicate interpretation.
If the borehole has petrophysical measurements made of the wall rocks, and these measurements are repeated along the length of the core then the two data sets correlated, one will almost universally find that the depth "of record" for a particular piece of core differs between
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Which set of measurements to believe then becomes a matter of policy for Vibracore dating client in an industrial setting or of great controversy in a context without an overriding authority. Any system for retaining and archiving data and core samples needs to be designed so that dissenting opinion like this can be retained. If core samples from a campaign are competent, it is common practice to "slab" them - cut the sample into two or more samples longitudinally - quite early in laboratory processing so that one set of samples can be archived early in the analysis sequence as a protection against errors in processing.
Photography of raw and "slabbed" core surfaces is routine, often under both natural and ultra-violet light. A unit of length occasionally used in the literature on seabed cores is cmbsfan abbreviation for centimeters below sea floor.
Vibracore dating to oceanic and other geologic history of obtaining cores over a wide area of sea floors soon became apparent. Core sampling by many scientific and exploratory organizations expanded rapidly. The above agency keeps a record of the samples held in the repositories of its member organizations.
Coring began as a method of sampling surroundings of ore deposits and oil exploration. It soon expanded to oceanslakesicemudsoil and wood. Cores on very old trees give information about their growth rings without destroying the tree. Cores indicate variations of climatespecies and sedimentary composition during geologic history. There are many Vibracore dating to date a core. Once dated, it gives valuable information about changes of climate and terrain. For example, cores in the ocean floor, soil and ice have altered the view of the geologic Vibracore dating of the Pleistocene entirely.
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