Finding mass graves from on high | Science News

Be a Champion for Science

Get your subscription to

Science News when you join.


Finding mass graves from on high

3:24pm, March 4, 2008

From Washington, D.C., at a meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences

Aerial surveys that scan the ground at many wavelengths, some visible and some not, may offer a way to quickly and easily detect clandestine mass grave sites.

During field tests in Costa Rica, Margaret Kalacska, a remote-sensing analyst at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, and her colleagues buried several slaughtered cattle—a weight approximately equal to that of eight adult humans—in a hole 5 meters square and 1.5 m deep. In smaller holes nearby, they buried single carcasses. Yet another hole was filled with nothing but soil.

This article is available only to subscribing members. Join the Society today or Log in.

Get Science News headlines by e-mail.

More from Science News