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In this study we have shown that the geochemical characterization of cored volcaniclastic material by means of high-resolution X-ray fluorescence core scans has the potential to be a useful tool in investigation of the depositional history and the formation of volcaniclastic deposits. In a future study we want to fine-tune this method by conducting additional, detailed thin section studies of the volcaniclastic material cored during IODP Expedition 324 and by obtaining quantitative XRF data from discrete samples of the cored material.