Soil Lab
  In this lab you will examine the permeability over time of water through several types of soil.


1. Take a few scoops of soil and place it in a funnel.  Let it settle, but DO NOT pack it down.

2.  Place the spout of the funnel in a graduated cylinder to catch any water that runs out.

3.  Pour 15 mL of water into the funnel of soil from a second graduated cylinder.

4.  Record the amount of water that comes out after 2, 5, 10, and 20 minutes.

                  Water permeation after...
Soil Type  2 minutes 5 minutes 10 minutes 20 minutes





Post-lab questions:

1.  What are a few reasons knowledge of soil permeability might be important?

2.  What are some other characteristics of soil which might also be important?

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