Spread sheet to calculate tephra volume for exponential thinning

By Manuel Nathenson1, Judy Fierstein1

1. U.S. Geological Survey

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Abstract

An Excel spread sheet and instructions are provided to calculate tephra volume for exponential thinning on a log(thickness) versus square root of area plot. The spread sheet calculates volumes for a single straight line and for two straight lines. The equations for the calculations are from Fierstein and Nathenson (1992). A second spread sheet is provided to calculate mass and volume when mass per unit area is measured instead of thickness.

Fierstein, J., and Nathenson, M., 1992, Another look at the calculation of fallout tephra volumes: Bulletin of Volcanology, v. 54, p. 156-167.

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  • Manuel Nathenson; Judy Fierstein (2014), "Spread sheet to calculate tephra volume for exponential thinning," https://vhub.org/resources/3716.

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