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Geomaterials Under the Microscope

Geomaterials, or geologically derived materials, are of enormous economic importance to the global construction industry. If you are a geologist or petrographer who provides consultation to architects, civil engineers, and construction engineers, you must have the knowledge and expertise of the features and applications of geomaterials to provide accurate and safe recommendations. This is the first guide to the petrography of geomaterials, making the petrographer’s specialist knowledge available to you in a single source. More than 350 full-color and captioned photos provide concise explanations of petrographic properties of geomaterials and how to interpret them-arming you with the tools to identify the highest quality geomaterials and how they are used in the construction industry.


Geologists and geomaterials practitioners

Hardbound, 192 Pages

Published: February 2013

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-407230-5


  • "The material-specific chapters review basic geology, identify the principal applications of petrographic examination, classify sub-categories by engineering purpose, describe their properties and use in construction, and illustrate evidence of physical and chemical deterioration."--Reference and Research Book News, August 2013


  • Introduction
    Building stone
    Concrete products
    Flooring materials
    Mortar, plaster and render
    Bricks, terracotta & other ceramics
    Bituminous mixtures
    Appendix A: Staining techniques for geomaterials petrography
    Appendix B: Suppliers of petrographic equipment, training and literature


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