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Effects of acid rain and sulfur dioxide on marble dissolution

Materials Performance

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Abstract

Acid precipitation and the dry deposition of sulfur dioxide (SO2) accelerate damage to carbonate-stone monuments and building materials. This study identified and quantified environmental damage to a sample of Vermont marble during storms and their preceding dry periods. Results from field experiments indicated the deposition of SO2 gas to the stone surface during dry periods and a twofold increase in marble dissolution during coincident episodes of low rain rate and decreased rainfall pH. The study is widely applicable to the analysis of carbonate-stone damage at locations affected by acid rain and air pollution.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Effects of acid rain and sulfur dioxide on marble dissolution
Series title:
Materials Performance
Volume
33
Issue:
1
Year Published:
1994
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Materials Performance
First page:
76
Last page:
80
Number of Pages:
5