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Geikie's science in the cemetery

Nina Morgan
Geikie's science in the cemetery (in Aspects of the life and works of Archibald Geikie, J. Betterton (editor), J. Craig (editor), J. R. Mendum (editor), R. Neller (editor) and J. Tanner (editor))
Special Publication - Geological Society of London (May 2018) 480 (1): 213-222


Natural stone is an important material used for buildings, walls and monuments. However, when used outdoors, it is subject to damage by the effects of weathering. Inspired by the experiments carried out by Friedrich Pfaff, a German geologist and professor of mineralogy at the University of Erlangen, Germany, in the 1870s, Archibald Geikie became interested in the subject of rock weathering and came up with the idea of using gravestones as a means of monitoring weathering in stone used for building. This work, apparently carried out in cemeteries in Edinburgh as a sideline to his normal fieldwork activities, was described in 1880 in a communication read to the Royal Society of Edinburgh. It represents the first comprehensive scientific study of rock weathering published in English, and the methodology Geikie developed for his study formed the basis for modern studies of rock weathering using gravestones.

ISSN: 0305-8719
Serial Title: Special Publication - Geological Society of London
Serial Volume: 480
Serial Issue: 1
Title: Geikie's science in the cemetery
Title: Aspects of the life and works of Archibald Geikie
Author(s): Morgan, Nina
Author(s): Betterton, J.editor
Author(s): Craig, J.editor
Author(s): Mendum, J. R.editor
Author(s): Neller, R.editor
Author(s): Tanner, J.editor
Affiliation: Rose Cottage, East End, Chadlington, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Pages: 213-222
Published: 20180521
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of London, London, United Kingdom
References: 19
Accession Number: 2018-051007
Categories: Igneous and metamorphic petrology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
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Source Note: Online First
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2019, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from The Geological Society, London, London, United Kingdom
Update Code: 201827
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