Taconite Inlet Project

Embedding unfrozen lake sediments for thin section preparation

Scott F. Lamoureux

Dept. of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton T6G 2H4, Canada.


A method for subsampling and embedding unfrozen sediments is described. The method requires commonly available equipment and can be implemented efficiently and cost-effectively. Thin sections prepared from the embedded unfrozen sediments preserve very fine structural detail, without interruption due to ice-crystal clasts. The method provides a viable alternative to subsampling methods requiring either frozen sediments or specialized equipment.

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