Updates: Micro-XRF Studies of Sediment Cores
In 2015 the book "Micro-XRF Studies of Sediment Cores" was published, following the successful 2006 publication of "New Techniques in Sediment Core Analysis". In the two years since publication, chapters from the new book have been downloaded 25,000 times (24,983 at the time of writing). The book is one of the top 25% most downloaded eBooks on SpringerLink eBook collection 2016.
The most popular chapter has been chapter 2: Twenty Years of XRF Core Scanning Marine Sediments: What Do Geochemical Proxies Tell Us? With a total of 977 downloads. This chapter includes a comprehensive review of the variety of applications of micro-XRF core scanning, and a summary table of the interpretation of different elemt/ratio proxies (Table 2.4). Included within this is a brief description of the proxy, and a list of relevent publications that have used it within their interpretation. Table 2.6 develops further with a discussion of the limitations of each element, and how to convert semi-quantitative ITRAX element counts, to a quantifiable concentration. In addition to the focus on marine sediments, the second most popular chapter has been Chapter 7: Micro-XRF core scanning in palaeolimnology: Recent Developments, reflecting the increasingly varied use of the ITRAX in non-marine environments.
The book is now available through alternate platforms as an eBook, on Amazon, Apple iTunes and Google play.