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ASTM D3976-22

Standard Practice for Preparation of Sediment Samples for Chemical Analysis

Standard Practice for Preparation of Sediment Samples for Chemical Analysis D3976-22 ASTM|D3976-22|en-US Standard Practice for Preparation of Sediment Samples for Chemical Analysis Standard new BOS Vol. 11.02 Committee D19
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Significance and Use

5.1 The chemical analysis of sediments, collected from such locations as streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, and oceans can provide information of environmental significance.

5.2 Sediment samples are inherently heterogeneous in that they contain occluded water in varying and unpredictable amounts and may contain foreign objects or material not ordinarily considered as sediment, the inclusion of which would result in inaccurate analysis.

5.3 Standard methods for separating foreign objects to facilitate homogenization will minimize errors due to poor mixing and inclusion of extraneous material.

5.4 Standardized procedures for drying provide a means for reporting analytical values to a common dry weight basis.


1.1 This practice describes standard procedures for preparation of test samples (including the removal of occluded water and moisture) of field samples collected from locations such as streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, and oceans.

1.2 These procedures are applicable to the determination of volatile, semivolatile, and nonvolatile constituents of sediments.

1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

1.4 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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. For a specific precautionary statement, see Note 3.

1.5 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

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Book of Standards Volume: 11.02
Developed by Subcommittee: D19.07
Pages: 3
DOI: 10.1520/D3976-22
ICS Code: 13.060.45