Chapter 5. Lab I-3 Examine the Microscopic Characteristics of Soil

Equipment and Materials

You’ll need the following items to complete this lab session. (The FK01 Forensic Science kit for this book, available from, includes the items listed in the first group.)

Materials from Kit

  • Goggles

  • Magnifier

  • Slides, deep well

  • Spatula

Materials you Provide

  • Gloves

  • Microscope (see text)

  • Specimens: soil, known and questioned


None of the activities in this lab session present any real hazard, but as a matter of good practice, you should always wear splash goggles, gloves, and protective clothing when working in the lab.


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