An airflow resistivity instrument features a novel specimen holder, especially designed for insitu measurement on the earth’s ground surface. This capability eliminates the disadvantages of prior intrusive instruments, which necessitate the removal of a test specimen from the ground. A prototype instrument can measure airflow resistivities in the range 10–5000 cgs rayl/cm, at specimen depths up to 15.24 cm (6 in.), and at differential pressures up to 2490.8 dyn/cm2 (1 in. H2O) across the specimen. Because of the close relationship between flow resistivity and acoustic impedance, this instrument should prove useful in acoustical studies of the earth’s ground surface. Results of airflow resistivity measurements on an uncultivated grass field for varying values of moisture content are presented.

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