Review of human decomposition processes in soil

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dc.contributor.author Dent, Boyd en_US
dc.contributor.author Forbes, Shari en_US
dc.contributor.author Stuart, Barbara en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-26T04:11:10Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-26T04:11:10Z
dc.date.issued 2004 en_US
dc.identifier 2004000121 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Dent Boyd, Forbes Shari, and Stuart Barbara 2004, 'Review of human decomposition processes in soil', Springer-Verlag, vol. 45, no. 4, pp. 576-585. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0943-0105 en_US
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. en_US
dc.publisher Springer-Verlag en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00254-003-0913-z en_US
dc.title Review of human decomposition processes in soil en_US
dc.parent Environmental Geology en_US
dc.journal.volume 45 en_US
dc.journal.number 4 en_US
dc.publocation New York, USA en_US
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 040600 en_US
dc.personcode 950402 en_US
dc.personcode 114232 en_US
dc.personcode 950589 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.staffid 950589 en_US


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