Chapter 3. Lab I-1 Gather and Prepare Soil Samples

Equipment and Materials

You’ll need the following items to complete this lab session. (The standard kit for this book, available from http://www.thehomescientist.com, includes the items listed in the first group.)

Materials from Kit

  • Goggles

Materials you Provide

  • Gloves

  • Bags, quart/liter plastic zip

  • Drying dishes (saucers, oven dishes, etc.)

  • Oven

  • Pen, felt-tip marking

  • Specimens: soil (see text)

Warning

Although the only real danger in this lab session is handling hot material, as a matter of good practice, you should always wear splash goggles and gloves when doing lab work.

Background

Because the makeup of soil can vary so much over a small area, the first task faced by the forensic analyst is to gather known ...

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