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‘Piedra Mar del Plata’: An Argentine orthoquartzite worthy of being considered as a ‘Global Heritage Stone Resource’

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F. Cravero
F. Cravero
INGEIS (Institute of Isotope Geology and Geochronology) CONICET-UBA. Pabellón INGEIS, Ciudad Universitaria, C1428EGA Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
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M. B. Ponce
M. B. Ponce
Institute of Mining Technology, Argentine Geological and Mining Survey (SEGEMAR). Av. General Paz 5455. B1650KNA San Martín, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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M. R. Gozalvez
M. R. Gozalvez
Institute of Geology and Mineral Resources. Argentine Geological and Mining Survey (SEGEMAR). Av. General Paz 5455. B1650KNA San Martín, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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S. A. Marfil
S. A. Marfil
Department of Geology, Universidad Nacional del Sur. B8000ICN Bahía Blanca, Argentina
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Published:
January 01, 2015

Abstract

Although Argentina is a large country, only a few local stones meet the requirements to be used for construction purposes. Piedra Mar del Plata is a quartzite that has been used for more than 50 years, mainly as a building stone. During the 1930s and 1950s, its use in the construction of houses in the city of Mar del Plata (a famous beach resort) created a distinctive architectural style. Because of its durability and availability, the use of this stone rapidly spread to other parts of the country. Sculptures and monuments have also been made out of this stone. Mar del Plata architectural style is now part of the heritage of Argentina and represents the rise of the middle class, when local citizens could afford to build their own houses in a style different from the mansions, which were constructed by rich families with imported stone.

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

Global Heritage Stone: Towards International Recognition of Building and Ornamental Stones

D. Pereira
D. Pereira
University of Salamanca, Spain
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B. R. Marker
B. R. Marker
Independent Consultant, UK
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S. Kramar
S. Kramar
Slovenian National Building and CivilEngineering Institute, Slovenia
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B. J. Cooper
B. J. Cooper
University of South Australia, Australia
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B. E. Schouenborg
B. E. Schouenborg
Geological Survey of Sweden, Sweden
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Geological Society of London
Volume
407
ISBN electronic:
9781862396951
Publication date:
January 01, 2015

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