# Total Volume of Soil

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Total volume of soil, abbreviated as $$V_t$$, is the volume of soil plus the total volume of air and water.

## Total Volume of Soil formulas

 FORMULA: SOLVE FOR: $$\large{ V_t = V_s + V_v }$$ $$\large{ V_t = V_s + V_w + V_a }$$ $$\large{ V_t = \frac { V_v} { n} }$$ (porosity)

### Where:

$$\large{ V_t }$$ = total volume of soil

$$\large{ n }$$ = porosity

$$\large{ V_a}$$ = volume of air

$$\large{ V_s }$$ = volume of solid soil

$$\large{ V_v }$$ = volume of voids (air and water)

$$\large{ V_w}$$ = volume of water