Sand and Soil Reference Collection

The earth beneath your feet may seem innocuous, but it can be immensely important in answering a variety of questions once its significance and heterogeneity is appreciated.  Microtrace has accumulated a remarkably diverse collection of sand and soil samples from around the world over the course of several decades.  While forensic soil evidence is typically used in comparisons, this collection provides the foundation upon which Microtrace has pioneered efforts in the realm of geographic sourcing, the development of investigative leads, and provenance determination.  This collection is utilized as a primary reference for soil investigations, as well as for training purposes.

The thousands of physical specimens are maintained with special attention to provenance and authenticity and span an astonishing array of geographic, geologic, political, and ecological environments, all of which are cataloged in a searchable computerized database.

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