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Logging the Chalk



The first book to deal comprehensively with the subject Written by an acknowledged international expert Includes vital information for geologists and engineers working with the Chalk in any geological or construction project Years of accumulated knowledge, expertise and data


  • ISBN: 978-184995-098-5
  • Páginas: 352
  • Tamaño: 21X28
  • Edición:
  • Idioma: Inglés
  • Año: 2014

Disponibilidad: 3 a 7 Días

Contenido Logging the Chalk

Chalk has proved to be one of the more difficult rocks to core-log as it breaks up readily during the drilling process leading to core-loss and destructuring, particularly where flints, nodular chalks and/or fractures are present. One of the greatest difficulties is the identification of chalk engineering grade which relies heavily on fracture aperture. Obtaining the correct grade to define the depth of weathering and the depth at which fractures become closed is essential whether for tunnels in London or for wind turbine piled foundations in the offshore chalks. Very few geologists and engineers have had the opportunity to study field sections in the Chalk so there is little visual appreciation of the grades or the variation to expect or even what flint bands look like. To partly overcome this difficulty, both field and core sections are illustrated in this book.

Equally important to recognising Chalk grade is the building of conceptual ground models for construction projects. This can only be achieved if the various Chalk formations, beds and marker beds can be identified from cores and then boreholes correlated using the marker beds. The Chalk stratigraphy is accordingly covered with key formations and marker beds illustrated, and the best field sections for viewing them identified.

This book is based on the standard lithostratigraphy and method of engineering description of Chalk developed over many years. Also important are over 3000 onshore and offshore chalk-cored boreholes undertaken by the author over more than 30 years. In addition, typical lithologies and weathering profiles representing the Chalk formations likely to be encountered in the various onshore and offshore construction projects are illustrated using field exposures, rotary core samples and geophysical borehole wire-line logs.

There will be geological settings where information on the Chalk is poor and unexpected lithologies and stratigraphies may be found. This book will enable geologists to work from first principles to construct a lithostratigraphy and define weathering boundaries.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Describing, classifying and interpreting the Chalk for engineering purposes using field exposures and rock cores

Equipment required for logging, engineering description and classification
Describing chalk sediments
Carbonate content and density measurements
Recognising and describing chalk beds
Recognising and describing phosphatic chalks
Recognising and describing marly chalks and marl seams
Recognising and describing flints and flint bands
Synsedimentary and immediately post-sedimentary structures
Using fossils as an aid to logging

Chapter 2 A stratigraphic framework for the Chalk: Southern Province

Regional setting
Southern Province Chalk Group

Chapter 3 A stratigraphic framework for the Chalk: Transitional Province
Regional setting
Berkshire Downs and Chiltern Hills
Correlation framework from the Chiltern Hills to East Anglia and the Northern Province
Marker beds in the Chalk beneath London
East Anglia

Chapter 4 Chalk formations and marker beds in the Northern Province of England, onshore and offshore

Regional setting
Northern Province Chalk stratigraphy

Chapter 5 Central Graben and Northern North Sea Chalks

Regional setting
Stratigraphy of the Chalk in the North Sea
Distribution of formations in the UK sector, Central and Northern North Sea
Describing North Sea chalks
North Sea lithologies and core log representation

Chapter 6 Logging the Chalk: styles of weathering found in core and field sections, with examples of CIRIA chalk grades in rock core

When should chalk be described as weathered?
Discoloured chalk
Mechanical breakdown, fracturing and CIRIA grade
Influence of geological setting on weathering of the Chalk
Shallow karst weathering in the Chalk
Deeper karst in the Chalk

Chapter 7 The future
Types of camera log: the optical televiewer and the acoustic televiewer
Geophysical borehole wireline logs

Appendix A Chalk weathering grades

Appendix B Describing flint sizes

Flint size
Flint type

Appendix C Typical Chalk core logs with examples of weathering and CIRIA grade

Typical Chalk core logs and examples of weathering
Example core sets from East London
Core preparation

Appendix D Cable percussion drilling: logging U100 Chalk samples


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