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    Deep-Freeze Sampling Methods for Soft Sediments

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    Freeze coring systems were applied for sampling high-water-content sediments or very coarse sediments for a couple of years. At the Free University within the last 20 years different systems were developed and applied for sampling the upper 1.5–2.5 m in an undisturbed stratified way. The difficulty in controlling the depth penetration has been overcome by applying a small echo sounding system onboard. The LINDE-LANCE device runs on liquid nitrogen pressurized through a copper pipe, where the sediment freezes in concentric layers onto the lance at -193°C. A low weight system with a closed aluminium lance (CO2-LANCE) running on a eutectic mixture of dry ice and alcohol that freezes the concentric sediment layers onto the lance at -90°C was developed for a much easier sampling by means of a Zodiac. Advantages and limits are addressed.


    freeze-core techniques, sediment, high-resolution analysis, environmental chemistry

    Author Information:

    Ricking, M
    Free University of Berlin, Berlin,

    Schulze, T
    Free University of Berlin, Berlin,

    Committee/Subcommittee: D18.25

    DOI: 10.1520/STP11551S