Discrimination between sediment and soil samples for forensic purposes using elemental data: An investigation of particle size effects

Kenneth Pye, Simon J. Blott, Samantha J. Witton, Debra J. Croft

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Abstract

This paper reports the results of an investigation to quantify variations in elemental concentrations amongst different particle size fractions obtained from a suite of sediment samples collected from the River Avon, UK. Concentrations of 49 elements determined by inductively coupled plasma spectrometry (ICP-AES and ICP-MS) were compared using conventional and multivariate statistical methods in order to assess compositional differences between different size fractions and between different samples. The results showed significant differences between different size fractions and the bulk sediments, but indicated that all of the size fractions considered (
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-42
Number of pages13
JournalForensic Science International
Volume167
Issue number1
Early online date13 Jul 2006
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2007

Keywords

  • ICP
  • Forensic
  • Chemistry
  • analysis
  • elemental composition
  • sediments

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