Story: Soil investigation

Portable drilling rig

Portable drilling rig

This trailer-mounted drilling rig allows undisturbed cores of soil to be taken from depths of several metres. This is better than using an auger, which can only reach depths of 1–2 metres, and often disturbs the soil.

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University of Waikato
Photograph by David Lowe

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P. J. Tonkin, 'Soil investigation - Golden age of soil survey: 1951–1985', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 January 2022)

Story by P. J. Tonkin, published 24 Sep 2007