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Soil Science Society of America Journal Abstract -

Water-Sediment Splitter for Runoff Samples Containing Coarse-Grained Sediment1


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  1. Vol. 37 No. 6, p. 961-962
    Received: Apr 13, 1973
    Accepted: Aug 28, 1973

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  1. Walter G. Fleming and
  2. Ralph A. Leonard2



A water-sediment sample splitter was designed and constructed for dividing samples up to 20 liters into three equal and representative smaller samples for chemical and physical analyses. This funnel-shaped device with a mechanical agitator divides samples containing particles up to 2 mm without first separating the sediment from the water. Evaluation showed that the splitter divided samples containing coarse sediments into three parts with a distribution of 33% ± 2% in each. The device has application in assuring representative samples of runoff from watershed or similar runoff studies.

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