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    Spectral gamma ray logs: core to log calibration, facies analysis and correlation problems in the Southern North Sea

    Williamson, B. and Bristow, Charlie S. (1998) Spectral gamma ray logs: core to log calibration, facies analysis and correlation problems in the Southern North Sea. In: Harvey, P.K. and Lovell, M.A. (eds.) Core-Log Integration. London, UK: The Geological Society, pp. 1-7. ISBN 9781862390169.

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    Book synopsis: The aim of this study is to test the usefulness of spectral gamma ray logs in subsurface correlation, lithofacies description and the interpretation of depositional environments of Namurian and Dinantian sandstones in the southern North Sea. Lithofacies and depositional environments were identified from core descriptions and compared with spectral gamma ray logs from thirteen boreholes. The results show that lithofacies and sedimentary environments can be discriminated within single wells. However, there is too much variation between wells to make an unequivocal assessment of depositional environment on the basis of spectral gamma ray logs alone. Comparison of stratigraphically correlated sandstones shows that variations between wells are often greater than variations between lithofacies. The differences between correlated sandstones using spectral gamma ray logs are largely attributed to changes in the logging environment, mainly mud characteristics, borehole quality and contractor. In addition, the occurrence of negative numbers for uranium and potassium in some wells indicates that the algorithm used to calculate elemental concentrations may be in error. For sandstones with a low total gamma ray response, small errors associated with tool calibration and data processing make a comparatively large difference to results, which has made detailed correlation of sandstones untenable. The most significant problem is the correction factor for potassium in KCl drilling mud.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: ISSN: 0305-8719
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Natural Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2019 13:00
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:52


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