Nansen bottle(redirected from Niskin bottle)
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Nansen bottle[′nan·sən ‚bäd·əl]
A bottlelike water-sampling device with valves at both ends that is lowered into the water by wire; at the desired depth it is activated by a messenger which strikes the reversing mechanism and inverts the bottle, closing the valves and trapping the water sample inside. Also known as Petterson-Nansen water bottle; reversing water bottle.