Chapter 25: Low Oxygen and Low Gaseous Pollutants Environments

Vinod Daniels; Chris Collins

The use of low-oxygen environment for museum storage can provide a mechanism to eradicate insects, control growth of some microorganisms, reduce or prevent oxidation of items ranging from pyritic fossils to space suits, and  retard color fading. These beneficial effects of low-oxygen or oxygen-free environments can be achieved by flushing enclosures with an inert gas or through the use of oxygen scavengers in specimen or object containers.