Sediment Sample Collection
COASTAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH CENTER VICKSBURG MS
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PURPOSE This note contains suggestions for packaging, marking and storing hand, grab, and core sediment samples from coastal and continental shelf sampling surveys. SM1PLE CONTAINERS Commonly used, sample containers are plastic and cloth bags, glass jars, metal cans, cardboard food cartons, and plastic jars. Metal cans and jars with metal caps are not satisfactory for samples from salt or brackish water because of corrosion. Glass containers are heavy and subject to breakage if not carefully handled and packed for shipment. Cardboard food cartons, if coated with wax or plastic to be impervious to water, are satisfactory, as are plastic jars, provided they are large enough for an adequate size sample. These two containers are, however, bulky and less easy to carry, ship, and store than plastic or cloth bags. Cloth bags are somewhat more expensive than plastic and will not retain moisture. They are unsuited for samples of the liquid muds and clays that occur frequently in back barrier and estuarine environments. Heavy-gage plastic zip-lip bags which come in a variety of sizes and have a self-sealing opening are most suited for general purposes.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
- Containers and Packaging