natural gamma-ray log

n
a record of the natural radioactivity of the lithologies encountered in the borehole environment. During recording of geophysical logs, the amount of natural radiation is recorded and presented in either counts per second (CPS) or American Petroleum Institute (API) units. Unlike many other log types, a representative natural gamma log can be obtained where borehole or fluid conditions, or both, are not optimal or where casing is present. The natural gamma log is most often used in the coal environment for identifying clastic lithologies and differentiating coal seams and coal-seam partings.

ASTM D121-09a Standard Terminology of Coal and Coke. 2014.

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