Joseph T. Hannibal, 2014. "Building and decorative stones, and other geological aspects, of the Nebraska Capitol", Geologic Field Trips along the Boundary between the Central Lowlands and Great Plains, Jesse T. Korus
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The Nebraska Capitol is a stunning Art Deco structure located in the heart of Lincoln, Nebraska. This monumental Capitol building contains outstanding examples of the exterior and interior use of Indiana limestone, and interior use of Red Verona (Rosso Verona) marble, Ridgway bluestone, Yellow Kasota stone, Napoleon Gray marble, Belgian Black marble, Portoro (Black and Gold) marble, and Verde Antique. Examples of numerous other stone types quarried in the United States and Europe can also be found within the building. This chapter discusses these building and decorative stones as used in the Capitol, as well as the geologic setting of this building, the striking paleontological iconography of its Rotunda, and the stones used for the Lincoln Monument on the Capitol grounds.
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Geologic Field Trips along the Boundary between the Central Lowlands and Great Plains
Geological and human forces have created some spectacular treasures at the boundary between the Central Lowlands and the Great Plains, and three of them are explored in this guide. In northern Nebraska, the Ashfall Fossil Beds site, a world-class Lagerstätte of articulated mammal, reptile, and bird skeletons, reveals the mass death of a Miocene biotic community. Chapter 1 provides a detailed overview of the geology, paleontology, and reconstructed paleocommunity at Ashfall. The bluffs of the Missouri River in eastern Iowa contain some classic type sections of Pleistocene stratigraphic units. Chapter 2 explores the historical development of Pleistocene stratigraphy in this area and presents new data to refine understanding of the area’s complex geological history. Finally, Chapter 3 presents a unique tour of the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln, which is clad with Indiana limestone and adorned with igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks from European and U.S. quarries. The field guide describes the historical, architectural, and geological aspects of these stones.