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ABSTRACT

Grain-size distributions of sand samples by means of a Benthos Rapid Sediment Analyzer were determined, using SCHLEE'S (1966) fall times. The results were compared with analysis of the same samples by sieving. The Rapid Sediment Analyzer (RSA) consistently overestimated the mean diameter of fine samples and underestimated the diameter of coarse samples relative to sieving. Since we used a wider settling column and a smaller sample weight than did Schlee, we infer that the differences were due to weaker grain interaction effects in our analyzer. Thus, by using Schlee's fall times, we overcompensated for these effects. We conclude that the “new grain parameter” of fall velocity (SENGUPTA and VEENSTRA, 1968) is indeed valuable. MIDDLETON'S (1967) psi transform is more convenient than the analogous phi transform in that it yields Middle-ton sand classes of 0 to 5 psi, as compared to Wentworth-Krumbein sand classes of -1 to 4 phi. However, use of fall velocity does not completely obviate the need to determine grain diameter, since this is the most expedient criterion with which to correct fall velocity to standard fall velocity.