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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Geomaterials are of enormous economic importance to the global construction
industry. This is the first comprehensive guide to the petrography of
geomaterials to make the petrographer's specialist knowledge available to
practitioners, educators and students worldwide who are interested in modern
and historic construction materials, be they microscopists or in the fields of
geology, architechture, surveying, engineering, construction, archaeology,
conservation, materials science and forensic science. The book provides some
365 high-quality color photomicrographs of geomaterials plus concise
explanations of their petrographic properties and how to interpret them. An
introductory chapter provides an overview of geomaterials practice and a
state-of-the-art review of petrographic techniques. Each of the subsequent
chapters covers a different group of construction materials and includes an
explanation of their history, manufacture and use in construction. The text
draws upon diverse published references to provide a unique summary of the
properties and classification of construction materials. Comprehensive lists of
further reading are provided for each materials type.