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How would you go about collecting samples of meiofauna in the sand? I am trying to do a study on the meiofaunal life that live in the sands at a local beach. I have tried to collect samples already, but have only been able to collect samples down two feet. To collect them, I dug down with a shovel. By the time I got down to two feet, I had already hit the water table, and I could not dig down any farther. Am I digging too close to the water, or do I have to use some sort of a core sampling device? Please tell me how to go about this, because all of the samples I have been collecting have not been yielding any meiofauna. I have also been separating them from the sand using a bath of freshwater and a 1 mm. sieve. Thus, the majority of the sand would be left in the sieve, and the water and meiofauna would go through into another bucket. If this procedure is wrong, then please tell me what the right way is. Thank you very much for your time.
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