Journal Published Online: 01 June 1983
Volume 6, Issue 2

Suggested Test Method for Determination of the Soluble Salt Content of Soils by Refractometer



A method suitable for laboratory or field application is proposed to extract pore water from a soil and determine its salinity. The pore water is extracted from the soil using a soil press originally developed by Kriukov and Komarova. Once the pore water has been extracted its salinity is determined using a hand-held refractometer with either a parts per thousand (ppt) or refreaction index scale. Using this method it is possible to measure salinity to an accuracy of ±1 ppt. Notes on sample storage and handling are included.

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Chaney, RC
Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
Slonim, SM
Environmental Chemical Specialties, Anaheim, CA
Slonim, SS
St. Jude Hospital, Fullerton, CA
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Stock #: GTJ10834J
ISSN: 0149-6115
DOI: 10.1520/GTJ10834J