TOM in Sediments

Cassian Edwards c.edwards at
Fri Mar 19 06:39:50 EST 1999

Dear All,

I want to obtain measurements of total organic matter from reef sediments
using the Difference on Ignition method. I am aware that that due to the
nature of sediment and the large quantities of carbonate that results may
be innacurate if temperature were to exceed 500 C due to combustion of

Can anybody suggest a particular protocol that will be of help?

Thank you very much,


Cassian Edwards
School of Biological Sciences
Queen Mary and Westfield College
University of London
Mile End Road
E1 4NS

Tel: +44 (0)171 975 5555 ext. 4121
Fax: +44 (0)181 983 0973
Email: c.edwards at

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