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Re: Given soil bulk density, how do I obtain the soil cohesion and adhesion ?

Date: Tue Apr 25 07:59:35 2000
Posted By: Charles McClaugherty, Faculty, Environmental Science (Ecology), Mount Union College
Area of science: Earth Sciences
ID: 954832402.Es

I regret that cohesion and/or adhesion can not be determined from bulk 
density.  These physical properties of soil are more a function of clay 
minerology and clay content and are further influenced by water content.  I 
would suggest that soil texture would be a better place to start.  I refer 
you to general soils textbooks such as Miller and Gardiner, 1998.  Soils in 
OUr Environment.  Prentice-Hall,  ISBN 0-13-610882-2

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