Fundamental and interdisciplinary textbook on natural stone properties, occurrence, exploration, use, decay and conservation. Primary information source for third-year students and professionals using natural stone in the built environment. Intended for a wide academic and professional audience of geologists, geographers, civil engineers, architects, conservator-restorers, sculptors, art historians, and artwork conservation technologists.
1. Introduction 2. Geological background of natural stone 3. Exploration for natural stone deposits 4. Quarrying and stone processing 5. Use of natural stone 6. Stone decay 7. Visual assessment and documentation of stone types and state of decay 8. In situ techniques of stone monuments and structures 9. Laboratory testing of natural stone 10. Durability assessment 11. Determination of source areas 12. Cleaning and conservation. References. Appendices. Glossary.