Forensic geology at the international school science fair 2013

Duncan Pirrie*, Laurance Donnelly, Gavyn K. Rollinson, Alan R. Butcher, Lorna A. Dawson, Heather A. Pirrie

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In July 2013 the International School Science Fair (ISSF) was hosted by Camborne Science and International Academy, Cornwall, UK. This meeting brings young talented scientists together from around the world to participate in workshops and activities highlighting current scientific developments. As part of ISSF 2013, a workshop on forensic geology was delivered to some of the international participants. This included the preparation of a map to show the mineralogical composition of the soils of the participating schools. The soil mineralogy was determined using automated mineral analysis based on scanning electron microscopy. In addition there were workshops on the recovery of geological trace evidence in a forensic context and the theory and practice of carrying out a geophysical search for hidden items. Data generated as part of this workshop are available to download from the International Union of Geological Sciences, Initiative on Forensic Geology website (

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
Specialist publicationGeology Today
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes


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