Limestone in the Built Environment: Present-Day Challenges for the Preservation of the Past - Special Publication 331 (Geological Society Special Publication)

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Limestone is a highly successful and widely used building material, found in many important historic buildings and new monuments around the world. Whilst its success reflects its durability under a wide range of environmental conditions, there are still important questions surrounding the selection, use and conservation of building limestones. In order to make best use of new limestone today, and to conserve old limestone most effectively, we need to bring modern research methods to bear on understanding the characteristics of different limestones, what mortars to use, and how key limestones have responded to polluted atmospheres. This volume brings together recent inter-disciplinary research on these issues, illustrating the diversity of innovative techniques that are now being applied to furthering our understanding of building limestones.

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This book is a compilation of 22 papers with a strong focus on mediterranean case studies....

The book summarizes many aspects of today's situation in working with (ancient) building stones. Contributions dealing with different kinds of weathering as well as restoration make this compendium important for geoscientists in their daily work in seeking answers for the preservation of our cultural heritage; which, in many cases, is built of limestones. --Thomas Hofmann, Library & Publishing, Geological Survey of Austria
Featured in Gabhandlungen Der Geologischen Bundesanstalt, November 2010

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