Soil Analyses Articles

  • The Basics of Slope Stability Analysis for Geosynthetics

    Slope stability analysis is vital to preventing slope failures in a variety of engineering applications including landfill design, roads, dams and embankments, to name a few. Proper analysis anticipates both natural and manmade slopes and failure of foundations and retaining walls. This blog covers the necessity of slope stability analysis, how to conduct the analysis and the role of ...


    By Agru America, Inc.

  • Your new favourite analysis method: spectroscopy highlights

    By 2020 the process spectroscopy sector is anticipated to be worth billions by 2020. What does this mean for Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)? The versatile technique is taking over due to how quick, easy and accurate its analysis is. Below are some ...


    By Specac Limited

  • Application of spatial Markov chains to the analysis of the temporal–spatial evolution of soil erosion

    Soil and water conservation in the Three Gorges Reservoir Area of China is important, and soil erosion is a significant issue. In the present study, spatial Markov chains were applied to explore the impacts of the regional context on soil erosion in the Xiangxi River watershed, and Thematic Mapper remote sensing data from 1999 and 2007 were employed. The results indicated that the observed ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • White Paper: Soil Data Quality Control

    Why it is essential during a contaminated soil study? Before starting an evaluation of the contamination leading to decision-making tools for site clean-up, it is essential to ensure data quality. Thus, based on solid and reliable foundations, uncertainties occurring during the different steps of the decision process will be better controlled and the final quality of the project ...


    By Geovariances

  • Case study - Texas crude oil in soil sites

    Sunset Well Service, Inc. is an environmental contractor located in the Midland/Odessa area of Texas. They use their UVF-3100D analyzer to help excavate and remediate soils contaminated by produced water and crude oil. Laboratories in Texas test TPH using the TX 1005 GC-FID Method. This method is similar to U.S. EPA Method 8015M, but reports the GRO, DRO and ORO fractions separately. Soils from ...


    By Sitelab Corporation

  • Case study - EPH in soil evaluation study at tank farm site

    Ambient Engineering, Inc. (Concord, MA) used Sitelab to investigate and remediate a former tank farm along Boston Harbor contaminated by a large, subsurface plume of commingled diesel fuel and No. 6 fuel oil. Ambient’s Licensed Site Professional (LSP) had the opportunity – and budget – to evaluate Sitelab against three certified laboratories. Soil samples were collected from ...


    By Sitelab Corporation

  • Case study - EDRO in soil at petroleum tank farm site

    Environmental engineers needed quick and accurate screening analysis on a tank farm contaminated with a subsurface plume of fuel oil. Sitelab's EDRO test was performed to delineate the vertical extent of contamination. A drill rig was used to collect samples from the surface down to twenty feet at different locations throughout the property. They needed to quantify the size of the NAPL plume in ...


    By Sitelab Corporation

  • Case study - Nigeria crude oil in soil site

    Safic Technologies, Ltd. - Port Harcourt A pilot study was conducted testing soil samples collected from a pipeline spill. Split samples were sent to Sitelab for EDRO analysis and results were the same. Samples were also sent to a Nigerian lab and a highly reputable lab in the United States for confirmation. After testing the samples a second time, the American lab got better results. ...


    By Sitelab Corporation

  • An investigation of the impact of left‐censored soil contamination data on the uncertainty of descriptive statistical parameters

    Left‐censored concentration data are frequently encountered because measuring instruments cannot detect concentrations below instruments detection limit (DL). For statistical analysis of left‐censored data, environmental literature mainly refers to the following methods: maximum likelihood estimation (MLE), regression on order statistics using lognormal and gamma assumption (rROS and GROS, ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Studying soil moisture at a national level through statistical analysis of NASA NLDAS data

    The purpose of this research is to enable better understanding of current environmental conditions through the relations of environmental variables to the historical record. Our approach is to organize and visualize land surface model (LSM) outputs and statistics in a web application, using the latest technologies in geographic information systems (GISs), web services, and cloud computing. The ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Content Analysis of Toxic Elements in Soil by Simultaneous ICP

    Contaminated soil not only leads to contamination of untreated drinking water through permeation into river water and rainwater, it adversely affects health when the soil itself is directly ingested as a child puts the ground into a stoma into a play etc. Therefore, assessment of soil toxicity using a defined method is required. I In Japan, the Soil ...

  • Quantitative Analysis of Pyrethroids in Soil and Sediment Using Triple Quad LC-MS/MS

    Pyrethroid pesticides are used widely around the world as agricultural and household insecticides. Synthetic pyrethroids are slightly soluble in water and easily adsorbed in soil. In recent years, pyrethroid residues have been confirmed in soil and sediment in both agricultural and urban areas. Pyrethroids, while posing little danger to humans, exhibit a high toxicity to aquatic organisms and ...

  • Effect of soil texture on water infiltration in semiarid reclaimed land

    The infiltration of water and its influencing factors in disturbed or reclaimed land are not well understood. A better understanding would provide essential information for assessing the hydrological processes in disturbed ecosystems. We measured the infiltration of water in soils from loamy and sandy reclaimed land. The relationships between infiltration and soil properties were analyzed ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Generation of daily naturalized flow at ungaged control points

    The development of daily naturalized flow in the water rights analysis package (WRAP) model at ungaged stations has difficulties because of low daily flow measurement at gaged stations, low available monthly naturalized flow, and budget constraints. This study proposes a procedure for developing daily naturalized flow at ungaged stations. The soil and water assessment tool (SWAT) model was ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Transfer model of lead in soil‐carrot (Daucus carota L.) system and its food safety thresholds in soil

    Reliable empirical models describing lead (Pb) transfer in soil‐plant systems are needed to improve soil environmental quality standards. A greenhouse experiment was conducted to develop soil‐plant transfer models to predict Pb concentrations in carrot (Daucus carota L.). Soil thresholds for food safety were then derived inversely using the prediction model in view of the maximum allowable ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Transcriptional profiling of the soil invertebrate (Folsomia candida) in pentachlorophenol contaminated soil

    Pentachlorophenol (PCP) as a widely used pesticide is also considered to be an endocrine disruptor. Molecular effects of chemicals with endocrine disrupting potential on soil invertebrates are largely unknown. In this study we explored the transcriptional expression changes of collembola (Folsomia candida) in response to PCP contamination. A total of 92 genes were significantly differentially ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Research on the infiltration processes of lawn soils of the Babao River in the Qilian Mountain

    Using a Guelph Permeameter, the soil water infiltration processes were analyzed in the Babao River of the Qilian Mountain in China. The results showed that the average soil initial infiltration and the steady infiltration rates in the upstream reaches of the Babao River are 1.93 and 0.99 cm/min, whereas those of the middle area are 0.48 cm/min and 0.21 cm/min, respectively. The infiltration ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • A view on the effects induced by low irradiation contamination of soil and atmospheric impact on plant populations in nature

    At present, a possible radiation effect is estimated as a function of dose irradiation although it is strongly dependent more on the environmental factors. The consequences of low doses of internal irradiation linked to chronic soil contamination and of external irradiation associated with short or prolonged atmospheric impacts for plant populations in nature are analysed in this paper. The ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Third party review and data verifications case study

    Service(s) performed: File review and confirmatory soil sampling services Summary: At the request of a petroleum pipeline company, our environmental experts performed a comprehensive file review and regulatory correspondence activities to achieve a No Further Action (NFA) status for a release of crude oil from a pipeline in the Midwest U.S. After the release ...


    By EFI Global, Inc.

  • Wetlands and biological case study

    Service(s) performed: File review and confirmatory soil sampling services Summary: At the request of a petroleum pipeline company, our environmental experts performed a comprehensive file review and regulatory correspondence activities to achieve a No Further Action (NFA) status for a release of crude oil from a pipeline in the Midwest U.S. After the release ...


    By EFI Global, Inc.

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