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Development of a coastal dune sediment database for England and Wales: forensic applications

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Samantha E. Saye
Samantha E. Saye
Kenneth Pye Associates Limited, Crowthorne Enterprise Centre, Crowthorne Business Estate
Old Workingham Road, Crowthorne, RG45 6AW, UK
(e-mail: s.saye@kpal.co.uk)
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Kenneth Pye
Kenneth Pye
Kenneth Pye Associates Limited, Crowthorne Enterprise Centre, Crowthorne Business Estate
Old Workingham Road, Crowthorne, RG45 6AW, UK
(e-mail: s.saye@kpal.co.uk)
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Published:
January 01, 2004

Abstract

A database of coastal dune sediments in England and Wales has been developed with potential applications in forensic investigations. Coastal dunes are popular sites for criminal-related activities, including burial of drugs, weapons and murder victims. The coastal dunes and associated areas of windblown sand in England and Wales occupy an area of approximately 200 km2 within 112 individual identified systems. Research has been undertaken to ascertain the spatial variation in sedimentological properties of the coastal dune sediments in England and Wales. Field sediment sampling has been undertaken at each dune system. More than 1500 sediment samples have been analysed by laser diffraction to determine particle size characteristics, and more than 500 have been analysed by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) to determine chemical composition. Two examples illustrate how the database has been used in criminal investigation.

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

Forensic Geoscience: Principles, Techniques and Applications

K. Pye
K. Pye
Kenneth Pye Associates Ltd & Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
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D. J. Croft
D. J. Croft
Croft Scientific and Technical & Kenneth Pye Associates Ltd, UK
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Geological Society of London
Volume
232
ISBN electronic:
9781862394803
Publication date:
January 01, 2004

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