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IUGS Initiative on Forensic Geology


Forensic Geological Analysis of Crimes in International Mining, Minerals and Metals (FGACIMMM) plan special issue of “Episodes

Phase 1 of the Special Project is to evaluate the global scale of mining related crime.  The results of this review is planned as a special issue of “Episodes” structured to review the following commodity types along with a review of the role of criminal networks, cartels and law enforcement.  If you are interested in contributing to these topics please contact the project leads.

Precious metals, base metals and minor metals

Conflict minerals

Battery Minerals
Diamonds, gemstones (including fakes and fraud)

2017 Episodes Special Issue on Forensic geology available at:

Coming in 2021:  The Guide to Forensic Geology, Geological Society London

IUGS Special Project
IUGS Special Project