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1.1 Use this guide in conjunction with Guide D5730.
1.2 This guide describes special problems to be considered when planning field investigations in cold regions. The primary focus of this guide is presenting the special problems and concerns of site characterization in the cold regions of the world.
1.3 Laboratory testing of soil, rock, and groundwater samples is specified by other ASTM standards that are not specifically discussed in this guide. Laboratory methods for measurement of physical properties relevant to environmental investigations are included in Guide D5730.
1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard.
1.5 This guide emphasizes the care that must be taken by all field personnel during operations in tundra and permafrost areas of the world.
1.6 This guide offers an organized collection of information or a series of options and does not recommend a specific course of action. This document cannot replace education or experience and should be used in conjunction with professional judgment. Not all aspects of this guide may be applicable in all circumstances. This ASTM standard is not intended to represent or replace the standard of care by which the adequacy of a given professional service must be judged, nor should this document be applied without consideration of a project's many unique aspects. The word “Standard” in the title of this document means only that the document has been approved through the ASTM consensus process.
1.7 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D653 Terminology Relating to Soil, Rock, and Contained Fluids
D4083 Practice for Description of Frozen Soils (Visual-Manual Procedure)
D5254/D5254M Practice for Minimum Set of Data Elements to Identify a Groundwater Site
D5408 Guide for Set of Data Elements to Describe a Groundwater Site; Part One--Additional Identification Descriptors
D5409/D5409M Guide for Set of Data Elements to Describe a Groundwater Site; Part Two--Physical Descriptors
D5410 Guide for Set of Data Elements to Describe a Groundwater Site;Part ThreeUsage Descriptors
D5730 Guide for Site Characterization for Environmental Purposes With Emphasis on Soil, Rock, the Vadose Zone and Groundwater
D5781/D5781M Guide for Use of Dual-Wall Reverse-Circulation Drilling for Geoenvironmental Exploration and the Installation of Subsurface Water Quality Monitoring Devices
D5783 Guide for Use of Direct Rotary Drilling with Water-Based Drilling Fluid for Geoenvironmental Exploration and the Installation of Subsurface Water-Quality Monitoring Devices
D6001 Guide for Direct-Push Groundwater Sampling for Environmental Site Characterization
D7099 Terminology Relating to Frozen Soil and Rock
ICS Number Code 19.040 (Environmental testing)
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ASTM D5995-98(2010), Standard Guide for Environmental Site Characterization in Cold Regions, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2010, www.astm.orgBack to Top