Geomaterials Under the Microscope

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Geomaterials, or geologically derived materials, are of enormous economic importance to the global construction industry. If you are a geologist or petrographer who provides consultation to architects, civil engineers, and construction engineers, you must have the knowledge and expertise of the features and applications of geomaterials to provide accurate and safe recommendations. This is the first guide to the petrography of geomaterials, making the petrographer’s specialist knowledge available to you in a single source. More than 350 full-color and captioned photos provide concise explanations of petrographic properties of geomaterials and how to interpret them-arming you with the tools to identify the highest quality geomaterials and how they are used in the construction industry.

- Provides a summary of the properties and classifications of geomaterials - Includes more than 350 color and captioned photographs plus 35 tables, line drawings and diagrams - Provides an overview of geomaterials practice and a state of the art review of petrographic techniques

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Geomaterials are of enormous economic importance to the global construction industry. This is the first comprehensive guide to the petrography of geomaterials to make the petrographer's specialist knowledge available to practitioners, educators and students worldwide who are interested in modern and historic construction materials, be they microscopists or in the fields of geology, architechture, surveying, engineering, construction, archaeology, conservation, materials science and forensic science.

The book provides some 365 high-quality color photomicrographs of geomaterials plus concise explanations of their petrographic properties and how to interpret them. An introductory chapter provides an overview of geomaterials practice and a state-of-the-art review of petrographic techniques. Each of the subsequent chapters covers a different group of construction materials and includes an explanation of their history, manufacture and use in construction. The text draws upon diverse published references to provide a unique summary of the properties and classification of construction materials. Comprehensive lists of further reading are provided for each materials type.

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Chairman, The Concrete Society Petrography Working Group Member, The Geological Society Applied Petrography Group Fellow and Diplomate, The Royal Microscopical Society

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