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 Exercise Supplemental Material Description
 Introduction to Forensic Geology    Concepts of forensic investigation. Examples of the use of forensic geology in solving crimes.
 Forensic Geology - Observations    Various exercises to develop observational skills.
 Sand Size Distributions  Size Analysis Worksheet  Determining the size distribution of sand particles. Statistical measures.
 Mineral Identification  Mineral Identification Table  Properties of minerals. Mineral identification in hand specimen.
 Heavy Minerals and Magnetic Separation    Separation of heavy minerals using the Frantz magnetic separator. Identification of heavy minerals.
 Rock Identification    Properties of rocks. Rock identification.
 Geologic Time and Geologic Maps    Relative and absolute geologic time. Geologic maps. 
 Carbon-14 Dating    C-14 dating exercise. M&M example of radioactive decay.
 Topographic Maps    Reading topographic maps, contouring, and constructing profiles.
 Rivers and Groundwater    Basic concepts of river and groundwater flow.

 Forensic Geology and X-ray Diffraction

 XRD Reference Spectra  X-ray diffraction in crystalline solids, Bragg's Law, using X-ray diffraction in forensic investigations.
 Polarizing Light Microscopy    Basic principles of polarizing light microscopy. Application to forensic investigations.