Freeze Corer

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Freeze Corer

The freeze corer consists of a steel wedge 1.5m tall, ~15cm wide, and ~8cm deep at the top. The wedge is filled with a mixture of dry ice and alcohol, and lowered into the sediment via rope or standard Livingstone drive rods. The corer remains in this position for ~10 minutes while sediment freezes to the outside of the wedge, then returned to the surface. The dry-ice alcohol slurry is poured into a bucket, and the frozen slabs of sediment on the outside of the corer are removed and preserved in a cooler with dry ice. Freeze corers produce exceptional samples of near-surface sediments, which can be difficult to recover without disturbing the fragile sedimentary structures. Corer length determines the maximum depth of recovery.

Instructions for the operation of the Freeze corer.

Type:
Freeze
Minimum Water Depth (m):
0
Maximum Water Depth (m):
limited by wire/rope length
Maximum Sediment Depth (m):
1.5
Dimensions and Weight:
13 kg, 150x20x10cm, plus dry ice and alcohol
Minimum Open-Water Deployment Requirement:
canoe/kayak
Core Diameter/Profile (cm):
150 x 20 x 2, slab
Lithologies:
Soft Sediment