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Stories in Stone: Travels Through Urban Geology
 
 
Author
David B. Williams.
Publisher Walker  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.3 x 0.95 inches
ISBN 9780802716224
Pages/Publication Date 261/2009
Daedalus Item Code 41993
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You might not expect to make geological finds along the sidewalks of a major city, but in this fascinating look at the stone masonry, façades, and ornamentations of buildings from Brooklyn to Philadelphia, David Williams shows us a white, fossil-rich limestone from Indiana that became the only building stone to be used in all 50 states. Here too are a three-and-a-half-billion-year-old rock called Morton gneiss that is the color of swirled pink-and-black taffy; a 1935 gas station made of petrified wood; and a fort in St. Augustine, Florida, that has withstood three centuries of attacks and hurricanes, despite being made of a stone—coquina—that has the consistency of a granola bar.

"From the Bunker Hill Monument in Boston to the Colosseum in Rome, David Williams distills gripping stories from building stone—of deep geologic time and the human quest for permanence and beauty."—Chet Raymo

 
 
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