Dead Body Decomposition Model

Below you will find an image of a model of dead body decomposition. This model was created using Stella® software and was converted to Java for the web using Stella2Java©2001-2003.

Please note that in order to view this Java applet you must use a Java enabled browser.

As with any model, this one is simplified in order to demonstrate change in body weight over time. This model could be added to in such a way that it would more closely represent real decay processes in a given geographic area. Manipulate the variables below to see how they change the rate of decomposition.

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Below is a picture of the completed Stella® model:

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