RUSSIAN JOURNAL OF EARTH SCIENCES VOL. 5, NO. 4, PAGES 291–298, doi:10.2205/2003ES000128, 2003

Petrophysical properties of Quaternary lavas of Spitsbergen

V. M. Ladygin, and Ju. V. Frolova

Geological Faculty, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

Yu. S. Genshaft

Schmidt United Institute of Physics of the Earth, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia


[1]  The chemical and mineralogical composition, structure and petrophysical properties of volcanic rocks, composing three Quaternary volcanoes of Spitsbergen island - Sverrefjellet, Halvdanpiggen and Sigurdfjellet - have been studied and compared. The sharp tendency of basalts elastic properties' change in a row of volcanism "rejuvenation'' - Sigurdfjellet - Halvdanpiggen - Sverrefjellet has been obtained. The same links between petrophysical characteristics have been defined for all studied volcanoes. This paper reveals the benefits of petrophysical properties - density ( r ), porosity ( P ), velocity of longitudinal waves ( Vp ), strength ( Rc ) - for the definition of lava flows within basaltic outcrops. The petrophysical peculiarities of Spitsbergen basalts have been shown in comparison with basalts from various tectonic unites of the Earth - rifts, island arcs and foldbelts.

Received 5 August 2003; published 25 August 2003.

Keywords: Spitsbergen, basalts, petrophysical properties.

Citation: Ladygin, V. M., Ju. V. Frolova, and Yu. S. Genshaft (2003), Petrophysical properties of Quaternary lavas of Spitsbergen, Russ. J. Earth Sci., 5, No.4, 291-298, doi:10.2205/2003ES000128.

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