The potential of ITRAX core scanning: applications in quaternary science

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Australasian Quaternary Association Inc.
The ITRAX is a multi-function core scanner and is being increasingly used in the fields of Quaternary geology, environmental science and climate science. The scanner is equipped with micro-XRF (X-Ray Fluorescence) instrumentation, which is capable of measuring a wide range of elements at very small scanning intervals. In addition to this, the instrument can also take high resolution optical and Xradiograph images and measure magnetic susceptibility. An ITRAX has been located in the laboratories of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) since 2012, and was funded by an ARC-LIEF grant. ANSTO was able to provide a purpose build room and ancillary facilities, such as Geotek core-splitter, dendrocut saw and sample storage, as part of the upgrade of the Environmental Radioactivity Measurement Centre. The ITRAX is capable of scanning resolutions of 200μm for XRF measurements and optical images, and 60μm for X-radiograph images. The ITRAX at ANSTO is unique in its capability to measure sediments, carbonate systems and tree ring samples. An overview of the applications of the ITRAX-scanning in various fields is presented in this poster.
ANSTO, Quaternary period, Geology, Climatic change, X-ray fluorescence analysis
Gadd. P.S. Heijins, H. H. (2014). The potential of ITRAX core scanning: applications in quaternary science. Paper presented at the AQUA Beinnial Meeting, The Grand Hotel, Mildura, 29th June - 4th July, 2014.