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Building stones of Edinburgh

McMillan, Andrew; Gillanders, Richard; Fairhurst, John A. 1999 Building stones of Edinburgh. Edinburgh, Edinburgh Geological Society, 235pp.

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Abstract/Summary

Edinburgh, 'Grey Athens of the North', owes much of its fame to the quality of the sandstone from which most of its finest buildings were constructed. This revised and fully illustrated edition of Building Stones of Edinburgh highlights the geological characteristics of sandstones from famous local quarries such as Craigleith and Hailes and contrasts these with materials available today from other parts of Scotland and northern England. It addresses some of the key questions posed by architects and building designers including: What are the physical and geological characteristics of Edinburgh's buiding stones? Where did the stones come from in the past? Where do they come from today? How were the stones extracted and prepared for use in the buildings? How have these buildings stood the test of time?

Item Type: Publication - Book
Programmes: BGS Programmes > Other
ISBN: 0904440109
Additional Keywords: Building stone, sandstone, Edinburgh
NORA Subject Terms: Education
Earth Sciences
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Date made live: 04 Sep 2008 10:26
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/3976

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