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Title: Model for salt weathering at Maltese globigerina limestones
Authors: Fitzner, Bernd
Heinrichs, Kurt
Volker, M.
Keywords: Weathering of buildings
Salt weathering
Building materials -- Effect of salt on -- Malta
Building materials -- Deterioration
Issue Date: 1997
Publisher: European Commission
Citation: Fitzner, B., Heinrichs, K. & Volker, M. (1997). Model for salt weathering at Maltese globigerina limestones. In Fulvio Zezza (Ed.), Origin, Mechanisms and Effects of Salt on Degradation of Monuments in Marine and Continental Environments. Proceedings, European Commission Research Workshop on Protection and Conservation of the European Cultural Heritage, Bari, Italy. Research Report. Vol. 4 (p.333-344). Bari : European Commission
Series/Report no.: Protection and conservation of the European cultural heritage, research report;4
Abstract: Tertiary Globigerina limestones were used predominatly for the construction of Maltese monuments. This concerns the famous Megalithic temples and monuments of later construction periods. Today the monuments show weathering damages of different type, intensity and distribution. As a consequence of the marine environment of Malta, salt weathering has been recognized as main weathering process responsible for the degradation of monuments. Globigerina limestones were characterized according to petrographical properties. The phenomenologic weathering damages were registered, documented and evaluated at representative monuments by means of the monument mapping method. According to the investigation results, varieties of Globigerina limestones can be differentiated with respect to petrographical properties and susceptibility to salt weathering. A model for salt weathering of different Globigerina limestone varieties used at Maltese monuments has been worked out.
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