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Table 3 Precision, mean washing time, and costs of the preservation procedures analyzed

From: Cost/benefit and the effect of sample preservation procedures on quantitative patterns in benthic ecology

  Muddy sediment Sandy sediment
Ethanol Formalin Ethanol Formalin
Precision 0.19 0.14 0.04 0.16
Mean washing time (min) 7.1 (± 1.6) 7.5 (± 3.5) 8.0 (± 2.0) 8.7 (± 1.8)
Mean cost of sampling unit (U.S. Dollar) $10 $10.7 $11.3 $12.4
Additional costs (U.S. Dollar) $9.4 2.83 = formaldehyde
7.86 = mask
1.57 = safety glasses
943.4 = fume hood
Total: $955.7
$9.4 2.83 = formaldehyde
7.86 = mask
1.57 = safety glasses
943.4 = fume hood
Total: $955.7