Review of human decomposition processes in soil

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dc.contributor.author Dent, BB
dc.contributor.author Forbes, SL
dc.contributor.author Stuart, BH
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-26T04:11:10Z
dc.date.issued 2004-02
dc.identifier.citation Environmental Geology, 2004, 45 (4), pp. 576 - 585
dc.identifier.issn 0943-0105
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/678
dc.description.abstract In-soil human decomposition is comprehensively described in terms of the physicochemical and bacterial environmental conditions. Much of the understanding comes from considerations of cemetery studies and experimentation with adipocere. The understandings are relevant for further studies in cemetery management, exhumations, forensic investigations and anthropology. In the soil, cadavers are subject to various sets of decomposition processes principally resulting from aerobic (usually the initial) or anaerobic (usually the sustaining) conditions. The presence of percolating groundwater and microorganisms further affects the rate of breakdown and fate of the products. The major human tissue components - protein, carbohydrate, fat and bone, are discussed; and the likely pathways of decomposition products enumerated. The effects of liquefaction, availability of oxygen and other in-grave processes are considered.
dc.language eng
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1007/s00254-003-0913-z
dc.title Review of human decomposition processes in soil
dc.type Journal Article
dc.description.version Published
dc.parent Environmental Geology
dc.journal.volume 4
dc.journal.volume 45
dc.journal.number 4 en_US
dc.publocation New York, USA en_US
dc.publocation Amsterdam, New York
dc.identifier.startpage 576 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 585 en_US
dc.cauo.name SCI.Faculty of Science en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience
dc.personcode 950589
dc.personcode 114232
dc.personcode 950402
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition 1
dc.description.keywords Adipocere
dc.description.keywords Cemetery
dc.description.keywords Exhumation
dc.description.keywords Grave soils
dc.description.keywords Human decomposition
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Science
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Forensic Science
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
pubs.consider-herdc true
utslib.collection.history School of Chemistry and Forensic Science (ID: 339)
utslib.collection.history General Collection (ID: 346) [2015-05-15T14:11:18+10:00]
utslib.collection.history Closed (ID: 3)


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