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“Stable Isotopes in Forensic Analysis”

Read an article about the use of stable isotopes in forensic analysis for law-enforcement purposes.

You may read one of the suggested articles, below, or one of your own choosing. Then, in a primary post of at least 125 words, in your own words, explain what a stable isotope is and how stable isotope analysis can be an aid to law enforcement forensics. Make a substantive reply to at least one fellow student.

  • Ackerman, S. J. (2013, January/February). A different kind of CSI: crime and stable isotopes. American Scientist. Retrieved from https://www.americanscientist.org/article/a-different-kind-of-csi-crime-and-stable-isotopes
  • De Chant, T. (2012, October 18). Stable isotopes in forensics. NOVA. Retrieved from http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/tech/stable-isotopes.html
  • Schwarcz, H. P. (2007, January 6). Tracing unidentified skeletons using stable isotopes. Forensic Magazine. Retrieved from https://www.forensicmag.com/article/2007/01/tracing-unidentified-skeletons-using-stable-isotopes

Miami Florida is considered ground zero for climate change (link), in particular rising seas will not only drown coastal sections of the city but will disrupt our local supply of drinking water.

Based on what you have learned so far from this class, discuss the following:

  • Explain where the drinking water from South Florida primarily comes from and why would rising sea levels disrupt this supply?
  • What efforts can be made and are being made to mitigate the effects of rising seas on our drinking water?
  • If you were a local politician, what advice would you give to state and federal officials on the best way to ensure residents in South Florida had a steady supply of drinking water for many years to come?

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