Sherlock Holmes to CSI: how geologists help solve crimes

Geological Society of London blog

‘You see but you do not observe’

So said Sherlock Holmes, frequently, to Dr Watson. To the forensic geologist, this is a useful tool – though criminals are becoming more forensically aware thanks to programmes like CSI, they can only attempt to remove evidence they can actually observe. But to the forensic geologist, visible evidence is only the beginning.

A team of scientists from the Geological Society’s Forensic Geoscience Group enthralled an audience at the British Science Festival yesterday, as they took them through some of the techniques they use to help police solve crimes, persue criminals and recover buried objects.

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