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Effects of acid rain and sulfur dioxide on marble dissolution

January 1, 1994

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.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1994
Title Effects of acid rain and sulfur dioxide on marble dissolution
DOI
Authors Paul F. Schuster, Michael M. Reddy, Susan I. Sherwood
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Materials Performance
Series Number
Index ID 70018048
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization

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