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By David B. Williams

Within the cloth of each stone construction is a wondrous tale of geological origins, architectural aesthetics, and cultural heritage.

You most likely don’t anticipate to make geological reveals alongside the sidewalks of a massive urban, but if average heritage author David B. Williams seems to be on the stone masonry, façades, and ornamentations of constructions, he sees a number rocks equivalent to any assembled through plate tectonics. In Stories in Stone, he introduces us to a three-and-a-half-billion-year-old rock referred to as Morton gneiss that's the colour of swirled pink-and-black taffy; a 1935 gasoline station made from petrified wooden; and a citadel in St. Augustine, Florida, that has withstood 300 years of assaults and hurricanes, regardless of being made up of a stone (coquina) that has the consistency of a granola bar.

Williams exhibits us why a white, fossil-rich limestone from Indiana turned the one construction stone for use in all fifty states; how the development of the granite Bunker Hill Monument in 1825 resulted in America’s first advertisement railroad; and why Carrara marble—the favourite sculpting fabric of Michelangelo—warped quite a bit after simply nineteen years on a Chicago skyscraper that each one forty-four thousand panels of the stone needed to be changed. From Brooklyn to Philadephia, from limestone to travertine, Stories in Stone will motivate readers to achieve that, even within the most recent city, facts of our planet’s traditional wonders are available throughout us in development stones which are a long way much less usual than we'd imagine at the start glance.

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For information address Walker & Company, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10010. , New York All papers used by Walker & Company are natural, recyclable products made from wood grown in well-managed forests. The manufacturing processes conform to the environmental regulations of the country of origin. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOGING-IN-PUBLICATION DATA. Williams, David B. Williams. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. eISBN: 978-0-802-71981-2 1. Urban geology—United States. 2.

Originally the holes were adjacent to the river but quarrymen had simply dumped waste over the western edge of the quarry and created a landfill. Massive baby blue oil tanks and a parking lot guarded by a pair of Rottweilers take up much of the new land. Sumacs, sycamores, and locusts grow on the cliffs above the quarry, their russet, yellow, and red leaves complementing the blue water and brown sandstone. Few people thought much about the quarries until the mid-1980s, when developers wanted to cut a channel to the river and open a marina in the lake.

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