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A Guide to Forensic Geology

Product Code: MPGFG
Series: GSL Miscellaneous Titles - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by L.J. Donnelly, D. Pirrie, M. Harrison, A. Ruffell and L.A. Dawson
Publication Date: 25 August 2021 (not yet published)
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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 analysis from exhibits and the reporting of results. The book also considers the judicial system, reporting and requirements for presenting evidence in court. Included are emerging applications of geology to police and law enforcement: illegal and illicit mining, conflict minerals, substitution, adulteration, fraud and fakery.

Cover image: Forensic geologists, Dr Laurance Donnelly (Founder and Chair, IUGS-IFG) and Dr Rosa Maria Di Maggio (IUGS-IFG, Officer for Europe), demonstrating the examination of a crime scene and the collection of geological trace evidence as part of a ground search for a burial, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Photograph: Prof. Pier Matteo Barone, IUGS-IFG Crime Scene Adviser.

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Thirteen Digit ISBN: 9781786204882
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Weight: 0 kg



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