, Volume 49, Issue 2, pp 301-304
Date: 30 Oct 2012

A new sediment slicer for rapid sectioning of the uppermost sediment cores from marine and freshwater habitats

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Abstract

The new sediment slicer described herein provides an easy and time-efficient way of sectioning cores of varying length, diameter, and composition from a wide range of habitats and sediment types. It is designed to process sediments collected by means of any soft-sediment core sampler with the core tube detachable from the sampler head and trigger unit. It is useful for sectioning core samples that include both the undisturbed sediment/water interface and highly consolidated sediments. The slicer is composed of three parts: (1) a supporting block, (2) a gliding block with the incorporated 10 cm sub-sampler holder designed to glide freely in the grooves along the supporting block, and (3) a metal blade for sediment slicing.