Chapter 3. Lab I-1 Gather and Prepare Soil Samples

Equipment and Materials

You’ll need the following items to complete this lab session. (The standard kit for this book, available from, includes the items listed in the first group.)

Materials from Kit

  • Goggles

Materials you Provide

  • Gloves

  • Bags, quart/liter plastic zip

  • Drying dishes (saucers, oven dishes, etc.)

  • Oven

  • Pen, felt-tip marking

  • Specimens: soil (see text)


Although the only real danger in this lab session is handling hot material, as a matter of good practice, you should always wear splash goggles and gloves when doing lab work.


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