soil sampling News

  • AMS Compacted Soil Sampling Kit

    Save time and energy in soil conditions where soil probes & slide hammers just won’t get the job done! The AMS Compacted Soil Sampler works great for obtaining “composite” soil samples in hard compacted and frozen soils. The 1-1/16” x 21” Flighted Auger with carbide bit may be connected to any ½” chuck drill. The entire unit assembles/disassembles in ...

  • Developments to Sample Handling Conditions for Soil Analysis

    Severn Trent Services are continuously reviewing process changes to benefit our customers and as a result of this we are pleased to announce that we will be improving the service offered to our customer base. As part of the service enhancement we will be keeping our customers informed with regards to the adequacy of sampling, sample preservation from the date of sampling and delivery time ...


  • Webinar in June: Best Practices for Collecting Soil Samples for VOC Analysis

    About the webinar When it comes to getting accurate and reliable data on volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in soil samples, collecting and preserving the samples correctly is the most important step in the process – the data are only as good as the samples you get.  This webinar will take you through the alternatives for soil sample collecting and provide recommendations for ...


    By Geotech

  • The Importance of Soil Sampling – Liquid Fertiliser Tanks Store Fertilizer Efficiently

    The importance of soil sampling was reinforced by Farming Life this week. It stated that good productive soils are the foundation of any successful farm system and that the ability of soils to supply nutrients at a time and in an appropriate quantity for grass and crop can be key to determining productivity. Therefore, a farms ability to manage soil fertility levels should be a primary objective. ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Soil removal and Phase 2 lead sampling to begin in Pittsburg, Kan.

    EPA Region 7 and its contractors will start to excavate and remove lead-contaminated soils from approximately 30 properties in Pittsburg, Kan., beginning the week of October 26, 2009. The removal work, which will focus on properties with lead levels of 550 parts per million or greater, is expected to last for several months. As the soil removal work gets underway, EPA will also begin its ...

  • Results of soil sampling near soccer complex in Cameron, Mo., inconclusive; EPA seeks permission to sample other properties (MO)

    Because lab results from a preliminary round of soil sampling at the Cameron, Mo., Soccer Complex and adjacent properties are inconclusive, EPA Region 7 will conduct a second round of soil sampling from the site, and will seek permission to conduct new, first-time sampling on three other private properties nearby. EPA collected soil samples from a 225,000-square-foot area near the Soccer ...

  • Guidance on Deviating Samples

    Following recent guidance, provided by the Laboratory Committee of the European Cooperations for Accreditation, relating to the handling of samples prior to analysis and the effect of this on the validity of test results, the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) has stated that it will be strengthening its focus on this area during assessment visits to laboratories. We are pleased to ...


  • Soil experts recreate soils from Mars

    Soil experts from Cranfield University have developed a replica soil for Mars in a project for the European Space Agency (ESA) to help maximise the performance of the next robotic rovers to be sent to the planet. The ‘soil surrogate’ is one of a number of soil types characterized by the current NASA Mars Exploration Rovers (MER), Spirit and Opportunity, which were sent to Mars in ...


    By Cranfield University

  • EPA Region 7 Provides $2.4M to Joplin, Mo., to Sample and Remediate Contaminated Soils Disturbed by May 2011 Tornado

    EPA Region 7 will provide an additional $2.4 million to the City of Joplin, Mo., to help sample and remediate lead and cadmium-contaminated soils that were disturbed during the May 2011 tornado and subsequent recovery efforts. The new federal funding, announced today by EPA and city officials, should allow Joplin to replace soils and restore yards at an estimated 240 homes, parks, playgrounds and ...

  • Soil scientists in Afghanistan

    As part of USDA’s effort to support the Afghanistan military campaign, Operation Enduring Freedom, the Natural Resources Conservation Service–National Soil Survey Laboratory (NRCS-NSSL), working in partnership with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) developed an agreement to sample soils; teach local nationals about soil and water conservation, soil sampling, and techniques for ...


    By American Society of Agronomy

  • EPA public availability session rescheduled to discuss soil sampling results in North Birmingham

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a public availability session regarding results of a soil sampling investigation in Harriman Park, Collegeville and Fairmont neighborhoods at select properties near the Walter Coke, Inc. facility in North Birmingham, AL. Representatives from the EPA, Walter Coke, Inc. and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) will be ...

  • Lead-contaminated soils removed from three schools in St. Francois county, MO.; sampling results for parks studied

    Efforts by EPA Region 7 to remove lead-contaminated soils and replace them with clean soils are nearing completion at three schools in St. Francois County, Mo., while risk assessors for the Agency are studying results of soil sampling from 11 public parks in the county to determine next steps for addressing lead contamination at those locations. Action to remove and replace soils began last week ...

  • No significant health risks found in analysis of second round of soil sampling near soccer complex in Cameron, Mo.

    Analysis of lab results from a second round of soil sampling near the Cameron, Mo., Soccer Complex does not indicate significant risks to public health, based on current use conditions of properties in the area, EPA Region 7 has determined. Elevated levels of arsenic were detected in 44 of 115 soil samples collected from six different properties in this second round of sampling, which occurred ...

  • PM Environmental to Present on Improved Soil Sampling Method at the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) Event

    PM Environmental will be presenting at the fifth annual AIPG American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) Technical Workshop on June 16-17 in Roscommon County, Michigan. The presentation topic will be Incremental Sampling Methodology (ISM), a method of soil sampling that improves accuracy and significantly reduces costs for site assessments.  The two-day event will focus ...


    By PM Environmental

  • Chevron used secret lab to hide dirty soil samples from ecuador court, say company documents

    In an ever more stunning expose of Chevron's fraud before the Ecuador court, a U.S. federal judge has ordered the disclosure of documents that demonstrate Chevron used a secret lab in the United States to hide the existence of dirty soil samples taken from the company's contaminated former well sites in the Amazon. The documents also show that Chevron's scientific experts in the Ecuador trial -- ...

  • Estimate soil texture-by-feel

    The ability to estimate soil texture-by-feel is an important skill that students and registered soil scientists should learn. Many soil properties depend largely on soil texture, and texture impacts most land-use decisions. Soil texture strongly influences the nutrient holding ability of a soil, the amount of water the soil can store, the amount of this water that is available to plants, how ...

  • What`s in your soil?

    The latest in modern soil mineralogical methods is now available from the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) in their new monograph Methods of Soil Analysis. Part 5. Mineralogical Methods (2008). The new edition reflects improvements in old techniques and presents new techniques and instrumentation with more quantitative analysis, giving students and scientists established methods for ...


  • Directional Sampling Takes a Turn... for the Better!

    DTD recently completed a directional sampling project to characterize soil at a Superfund site in eastern Washington state. One interesting development in the project has taken advantage of the extreme flexibility of directional drilling to back up and change the path of a bore during advancement. When unexpected material was encountered in one of the bores at the site, the DTD team backed up ...

  • Laboratory begins environmental sampling in townsite

    Environmental sampling, conducted on behalf of Los Alamos National Laboratory in the town of Los Alamos near upper Los Alamos Canyon, has begun. Known as the Upper Los Alamos Canyon Project, this effort is an environmental assessment of areas that have been or could have been affected by Laboratory operations from the days of the Manhattan Project to the early 1970s. The Upper Los Alamos Canyon ...

  • Soil climate monitoring in Antarctica

    Antarctica, the coldest place on earth, has an area of about 14 million sq. km. About 98% of the continent is covered by ice, which averages about 2100 m thick. This vast ice sheet contains the earth’s largest fresh water reserve. Of the ice-free ground, only 0.3% is available for soils to form. Currently there are seven soil climate stations in Antarctica, which monitor a range of ambient ...

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