Method D-2974

Standard Test Methods for Moisture, Ash, and Organic Matter of Peat and Other Organic Soils

This method is used for the determination of moisture content, ash content and percent organic matter in peats, and other organic soils such as organic clays, silts and mucks. The moisture is determined by drying the sample at 105 °C. Alternately, the moisture can be evaporated at room temperature and then oven dried at 105 °C. The ash content is determined by igniting the oven dried sample obtained from the moisture content determination in a muffle furnace at 440 °C and 750 °C.



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Method Data

Hold Times, Preservatives, Preps, Collection, Analytical & Documentation
Holding Time:   None specified in the method.
Preservatives:   None specified in the method.
Required Preps:   8oz glass jar with Teflon lined lid
Collection Method:   Grab sampling
Analytical Methodology:   Gravimetric

Analyte List*

Analyte Formula CAS Number Detection Limit
Organic matter

* The analytes and detection limits listed for each method represent the typical detection limits and analytes reported for that particular method. Keep in mind that analyte lists may vary from laboratory to laboratory. Detection limits may also vary from lab to lab and are dependent upon the sample size, matrix, and any interferences that may be present in the sample.