Nansen bottle


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Nansen bottle

n.
An ocean-water sampling bottle with spring-loaded valves at both ends that are closed at an appropriate depth by a messenger device sent down the wire connecting the bottle to the surface.

[After Fridtjof Nansen.]

Nansen bottle

n
(Physical Geography) an instrument used by oceanographers for obtaining samples of sea water from a desired depth
[C19: named after F. Nansen]
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In the work, diviners come in many forms: from fissures in the Arctic ice and plankton in a Nansen bottle, to the French speleologist Michel Siffre, who is known for his studies in the field of human chronobiology and explorations of what happens when the organic patterns of life move Beyond Time (to cite the title of his first book, first published in 1963 as Hors du temps).