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Urban stone decay: The great weathering experiment?

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Bernard J. Smith
Bernard J. Smith
1
School of Geography, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN, UK
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Alice V. Turkington
Alice V. Turkington
2
Department of Geography, University of Kentucky, Patterson Office Tower, Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0027, USA
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Joanne M. Curran
Joanne M. Curran
3
Stone Conservation Services Ltd., The Gas Office, 4b Cromac Street, Belfast BT7 2JD, UK
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Published:
January 01, 2005

This paper outlines recent progress in modeling salt-induced decay of urban stone, using both field-based and laboratory-based approaches. The opportunities afforded by examining stone structures of known age, composition, and exposure history are highlighted, and the fruitfulness of multidisciplinary research in this area for geologists, geomorphologists, engineers, and conservation architects is demonstrated. Examples are given that show how studies of urban stone decay have informed our understanding of salt weathering, surface loss, and both meso- and micro-environmental controls on weathering. Institutional and cultural reasons for the lack of discourse between building stone researchers and those concerned with natural rock outcrops are discussed, and the benefits of information exchange between the two disciplines is advocated.

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GSA Special Papers

Stone Decay in the Architectural Environment

Alice V. Turkington
Alice V. Turkington
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Geological Society of America
Volume
390
ISBN print:
9780813723907
Publication date:
January 01, 2005

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