Significance and Use
This test method measures the air spaces of peat and the moisture-holding capacity on either a mass and/or a volume basis under conditions of saturation. If large spaces are present, water and air can penetrate easily. If spaces are smaller, the water holding capacity is increased. Water holding capacity is larger in humified peat materials (small inter-particulate spaces), whereas water and air-penetration is larger in unhumified peat (larger inter-particulate spaces). The spaces can also be aan indication of the oxygen available to the plant roots.
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1.1 This test method was designed to evaluate the aeration, water penetration, and water retention properties of peat under field conditions of water saturation.
1.2 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.
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