For years, geologists have used the Munsell colour system to describe the colour of rocks and sediments, visually comparing the hue, lightness, and relative colour purity of earth materials to colour chips. As the demand for a more comprehensive and less subjective colour assessment of sediment is required, Geotek have introduced a state of the art spectrophotometer to mount onto the MSCL-S and MSCL-XYZ systems.
The Konica Minolta colour spectrophotometer can measure reflectance in the very near UV through the visible and into the very near IR range (wavelengths 360-740nm). It provides a rapid and non-destructive method of producing very high resolution image data sets for sediment cores.
The latest MSCL software has been written to permit simultaneous operation of the spectrophotometer with the other MSCL sensors.