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Book Review: An Introduction to Forensic Geoscience

An Introduction to Forensic GeoscienceBy Elisa BergslienISBN: 978-1-4051-6054-4Paperback514 pagesMay 2012, Wiley-Blackwell Geophysicist and meterologist Alfred Wegener once lamented in the foreword of his " The Origin of Continents and Oceans " that " We are like a judge confronted by a defendant who declines answer, and we must determine the truth from the circumstantial evidence.[] "; he continues " It is only by combing the information furnished by all the earth sciences that we can hope to determine "truth"… "It seems that these words can be used also to describe the book " An Introduction to Forensic Geoscience ", published in 2012 and written by hydrogeologist Elisa Bergslien , as she demonstrate in 11 main chapters how methods used in the fields of geology, geography, geomorphology, sedimentology, mineralogy and petrology, palaeontology and biology can be used to collect evidence and help to solve crimes...

October 11, 2012 — David Bressan

De Loys' Ape

Louis François Fernand Hector de Loys , (1892-1935) was a Swiss geologist and pioneer of oil field prospection in Europe, Africa and America. Unfortunately de Loys is today less known for his geological work than for a story involving a strange photography.In 1920 a bunch of exhausted men reached the bank of the Tarra River , a tributary of the Rio Catatumbo , located in the borderlands of Venezuela and Colombia...

October 7, 2012 — David Bressan

Richard Owen, the "Sea-Serpent Killer"

In the beginning were the Greek and Roman encyclopedias, followed by the medieval bestiaries and the first cabinets of curiosities, soon replaced by natural history collections and the search for mysterious cryptids - humans were always fascinated by weird things and strange tales...

September 15, 2012 — David Bressan

I can tell you about Mars

In 1849 the Italian chemist J. Usiglio performed a set of evaporation experiments with seawater along the French Riviera and established the order in which evaporite minerals precipitate from an aqueous environment...

September 6, 2012 — David Bressan

Save Siccar Point !!

March 17, 1785 the " famous philosopher of the fossils " & agronomist James Hutton presented to the Royal Society his " dissertation ", " Concerning the System of the Earth, Its Duration, and Stability...

September 3, 2012 — David Bressan

From Flood Myth to Martian Megafloods

" No one with an eye for land forms can cross eastern Washington in daylight without encountering and being impressed by the "scabland." Like great scars marring the otherwise fair face to the plateau are these elongated tracts of bare, black rock carved into mazes of buttes and canyons...

August 30, 2012 — David Bressan

Meet the Martians

Ash: " You still don't understand what you're dealing with, do you? …. Perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility. "Lambert: " You admire it.

August 19, 2012 — David Bressan

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