A new instrument for sampling flocculent material at the water/sediment interface

Journal of Sedimentary Research
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Abstract

We have designed an instrument to collect fine-grained and flocculent material from the water/sediment interface for chemical and mineralogical analysis. The sampler can be used from a manned research submersible or by a diver in shallow water. In areas of active deposition, the material collected represents the most recently deposited sediment. This material is of interest for determining the concentration of anthropogenic contaminants at the sea floor and may be a much more sensitive indicator of early contamination than are bulk samples collected by means of conventional grab samplers or corers. The instrument also may be well suited for sampling freshly flocculated or precipitated material from the sea floor, for example in estuaries or around thermal vents on mid ocean ridges.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title A new instrument for sampling flocculent material at the water/sediment interface
Series title Journal of Sedimentary Research
DOI 10.1306/212F7FBD-2B24-11D7-8648000102C1865D
Volume 52
Issue 2
Year Published 1982
Language English
Publisher Society for Sedimentary Geology
Contributing office(s) Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description 2 p.
First page 639
Last page 640
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