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Stories in stone : travels through urban geology

by David B Williams

  Print book  |  1st U.S. ed

Gain a New Perspective on Stone Buildings   (2010-03-21)

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by MichaelPopp

Passing a building, have you ever wondered about the origins of its construction material?  Well, after reading this book you will gain a new perspective on buildings constructed of stone.  The author covers 10 types of stone including granite, slate, limestone, and marble.

Written in an easy to read style with the assumption the reader may not have a geological background.  The some stories found in the book relate to Quincy granite and how the Battle of Bunker Hill monument was built or Standard Oil's building problems with Michelangelo's Carrara marble.  One can also read about the formation of Minnesota's billions of year old gneiss rock and the science behind determining its age or how so many buildings in the United States used Indiana limestone in their construction.  There are numerous stories about fossil creatures and their role in shaping building materials.

The book contains a glossary to help with understanding geological terms plus a set of sources used to create each chapter.  The author has a website <a href=""></a> that also leads to a blog for the book.  The blog contains a number of color pictures relating to stories in the book plus additional information not included in the printed text.

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