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Vadose Zone Saturated Permeabilty

The Guelph permeameter is used to determine the saturated permeablity in the vadose zone. (link to Guelph data sheet)

(Click on images below to see full-size photos.)

For high permeability soils allow flow from both tubes or you will frequently have to refill the small tube. For low permeability soils, flow is so slow use only the inner tube or time between measurements will test your patience and eyesight.

Larry Murdoch explaining how the permeameter works.

Water level readings are taken until the flow rate is stable.


Last Updated: August 16, 2017 -- Questions or comments, contact Scott Brame.
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