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Marumo, Yoshiteru (2001) Forensic Examination of Soil Evidence (a review) 13th INTERPOL Forensic Science Symposium, Lyon, France, October 16-19 2001. (pdf)

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Pye, Kenneth Geological and Soil Evidence: Forensic Applications (Google Books)

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Donnelly, L. J. (2009) The Geological Search for a Homicide Grave. The Investigator, July/August 2009, 42-49.

Donnelly, L. J., Grime, M., and Harrison, M. (2013) Interpretation of Victim Recovery Dog (VRD) Responses During Ground Searches for Homicide Graves and the Potential Influences of Geology, Hydrogeology, Peat Stratigraphy and Barometric Pressure Fluctuations. IUGS-IFG RFCFS, Moscow, 22 October 2013, Booklet of Abstracts, 16-17 (in English), 18-19 (in Russian).

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Donnelly, L. and Harrison, M. (2011) Geomorphological and geoforensic interpretation of maps, aerial imagery, conditions of diggability and the colour coded RAG prioritisation system in searches for criminal burials. Presented at the 3rd International Workshop on Criminal and Environmental Soil Forensics, 2–4 November (2010), Long Beach, California. Geological Society of London.

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Ruffell, A. (2005) Searching for the I.R.A. Disappeared: Ground-penetrating radar investigation of a churchyard burial site, Northern Ireland. Journal of Forensic Sciences 50: 1430–1435.

Ruffell, A. (2006) Under-water scene investigation using ground penetrating radar (GPR) in the search for a sunken jet ski, Northern Ireland. Science and Justice 46(4): 221–30.

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