University of Georgia Marine Institute Contribution no.164; this study was supported by National Science Foundation Grant GA-719.
X-RAY RADIOGRAPHY FOR EXAMINATION OF BURROWING IN SEDIMENTS BY MARINE INVERTEBRATE ORGANISMS1
Version of Record online: 14 JUN 2006
Volume 11, Issue 3-4, pages 249–258, December 1968
How to Cite
HOWARD, J. D. (1968), X-RAY RADIOGRAPHY FOR EXAMINATION OF BURROWING IN SEDIMENTS BY MARINE INVERTEBRATE ORGANISMS. Sedimentology, 11: 249–258. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3091.1968.tb00855.x
- Issue online: 14 JUN 2006
- Version of Record online: 14 JUN 2006
- (Received December 2, 1968)
Examination of the primary sedimentary texture of rocks and sediments by X-radiography can be extended to include the study of bioturbation and burrowing by living organisms. This technique involves making time-lapse X-radiographs while the animals are in the process of disturbing the sediment.
Artificially and naturally stratified sediments are contained in plexiglass aquaria connected to a continuously flowing seawater system. The burrowing animals to be studied are introduced into these aquaria and the effect of their activities on the sediments is recorded by X-radiography over a period of hours, days or weeks.