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Keywords:

  • Sediment chemistry;
  • Acid-volatile sulfide;
  • Nickel;
  • Variability

Abstract

An interlaboratory comparison of acid-volatile sulfide (AVS) and simultaneously extracted nickel (SEM_Ni) measurements of sediments was conducted among five independent laboratories. Relative standard deviations for the seven test samples ranged from 5.6 to 71% (mean = 25%) for AVS and from 5.5 to 15% (mean = 10%) for SEM_Ni. These results are in stark contrast to a recently published study that indicated AVS and SEM analyses were highly variable among laboratories. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 2011; 30:1306–1309. © 2011 SETAC