Drill cuttings are the future of mineralogical analysis. Automated Mineralogy makes this so.
A great deal of information can be extracted from drill cutting when measured by automated mineralogy. The modal mineralogy, mineral size, porosity, and grain density can all be determined. On top of this, a lithotype can be assigned to each particle.
Variations in lithotype abundance from sample to sample reflects grain size changes, diagenetic overprints, and unconformities in the well section.
Mineral maps output from Automated Mineralogy allows for the identification of cavings which can then be digitally removed from the dataset.