Description and Sampling of Contaminated Soils: A Field Guide, 2nd Edition (Hardback) book cover

Description and Sampling of Contaminated Soils

A Field Guide, 2nd Edition

By J. Russell Boulding

CRC Press

240 pages

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Hardback: 9781566700504
pub: 1994-03-29
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This second edition of EPA's bestselling book, Description and Sampling of Contaminated Soils: A Field Guide, Second Edition, has been revised and significantly expanded over the original edition. An ideal reference for anyone involved in site investigations, this guide describes how to determine the amount and extent of soil contamination and potential for movement of contaminants in the soil and groundwater. It contains checklists, tables, and step-by-step descriptions of methods and procedures for:

  • Cost-effective, detailed site investigations for evaluating the potential for contaminant transport

  • Field collection of information on soil engineering properties required for remediation selection and design

    This guide also features an adaptation of soil description procedures used by the U.S. Soil Conservation Service (SCS) for investigating contaminated sites. The SCS soil description and classification procedures, when used in combination with the Unified Soil Classification System currently used by geologists and engineers, greatly improves contaminated site assessments.

  • Table of Contents

    (Section Headings): How to Use This Guide. Field Methods, Equipment, and Documents. Site Characteristics. Field Description and Analysis of Soils. Soil Sampling and Quality Assurance. References. Appendices. Index.


    J. Russell Boulding first began working in the environmental field in 1973 when he helped set up the Environmental Defense Fund's Denver Office, and has been a free-lance environmental consultant since 1977 when he established Boulding Soil-Water Consulting in Bloomington, Indiana. He has a B.A. in Geology (1970) from Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, and an M.S. in Water Resources Management (1975) from the University of Wisconsin/Madison. From 1975 to 1977 he was a soil scientist with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and mapped soils in southern Indiana on a cooperative program with the U.S. Soil Conservation Service. Since 1984 he has been a Senior Environmental Scientist with Eastern Research Group, Inc. Lexington, Massachusetts.

    Mr. Boulding is the author of more than 100 books, chapters, articles, and consultant reports in the areas of soil and ground-water contamination assessment, geochemical fate assessment of hazardous wastes, mined land reclamation, and natural resource management and regulatory policy. From 1978 to 1980 he served as a member of the Environmental Subcommittee of the Committee on Surface Mining and Reclamation (COSMAR) of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and as a consultant to the NAS Committee on Soil as a Resource in Relation to Surface Mining for Coal. Mr. Boulding is a ARCPACS Certified Professional Soil Classifier and his professional memberships include the Soil Science Society of America, International Society of Soil Science, Association of Ground Water Scientists and Engineers, and the International Association of Hydrogeologists. Since 1992 he has been a member of the American Society for Testing and Material's Committee D18 (Soil and Rock) and active in subcommittees D18.01 (Surface and Subsurface Characterization), D18.07 (Identification and Classification of Soils), and D18.21 (Ground Water and Vadose Zone Investigations). In 1993 he became chair of D18.01's Section on Site Characterization for Environmental Purposes.

    Subject Categories

    BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
    SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
    SCIENCE / Environmental Science
    TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General