Heavy Minerals in Forensic Science

Palenik, S. (2007) Heavy Minerals in Forensic Science. Heavy Minerals in Use V58, ed. M. Mange: Elsevier ISBN:978-0444517531).

Published on: 9/24/2007

The study of heavy minerals can provide information of significance in forensic investigations involving microscopic trace evidence derived from sand, soil and dust. Special techniques are frequently necessary to recover the minute quantities of accessory minerals that are typical of such evidence and these are described along with the precautions that must be observed when working under legal scrutiny. Identification of the minerals themselves follows well-established petrographic methods. Several examples show the use of heavy mineral evidence in actual cases.

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