A guide to forensic geology

Laurance Donnelly, Duncan Pirrie, Mark Harrison MBE, Alastair Ruffell, Lorna Dawson

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Forensic geology is the application of geology to aid the investigation of crime. A Guide to Forensic Geology was written by the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), Initiative on Forensic Geology (IFG), which was established to promote and develop forensic geology around the world. This book presents the first practical guide for forensic geologists in search and geological trace evidence analysis. Guidance is provided on using geological methods during search operations. This developed following international case work experiences and research over the last 25 years for homicide graves, burials associated with serious and organised crime and counter terrorism. With expertise gained in over 300 serious crime investigations, the guidance also considers geological trace evidence, including the examination of crime scenes, geological evidence recovery and the reporting of results.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherThe Geological Society Publishing House
Number of pages217
ISBN (Electronic) 9781786205377
ISBN (Print)9781786204882
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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