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Characterisation of monzogranitic batholiths as a supply source for heritage construction in the northwest of Madrid



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Fort, Rafael and Álvarez de Buergo, Mónica and Perez Monserrat, Elena and Varas Muriel, María José (2010) Characterisation of monzogranitic batholiths as a supply source for heritage construction in the northwest of Madrid. Engineering geology, 115 (3-4). pp. 149-157. ISSN 0013-7952

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enggeo.2009.09.001


The Church of the Assumption of Our Lady, in Valdemorillo (Madrid, Spain) is almost entirely built with granitoids. The studies and analyses were focused on the oldest part of the building (Ghosts Corner), which will be restored and rehabilitated in the near future. Homogeneous monzogranite is the predominant granitoid used in the Ghosts Corner, followed by granitic porphyry, porphyrytic monzogranite, gneiss and leucogranite. The original quarries that supplied homogeneous monzogranites for the first construction stages correspond to blocks present in the monument's surroundings. Quarries that supplied the granitic porphyries correspond to the dykes located to east-southeast of Valdemorillo, which are oriented N-S in relation to their intrusion direction. The combined use of ultrasonic velocity and Schmidt hammer techniques allowed, first, selection of the most representative blocks and ashlars for sampling. This reduced sampling to a minimum, but yielded representative results for the whole building. Second, the combined values were used to compare results for the building stones of the church to rocks from the surrounding quarries. Stones from the building showed lower ultrasonic and Schmidt hammer values, and higher porosity and water saturation values compared to the original quarry rocks. The anisotropy indices are directly related to the decay processes in the stone: spalling of homogeneous monzogranite and grain disintegration in granitic porphyries. Finally, the methods applied are inexpensive, easy to use and non-destructive techniques, very advisable properties when working with built heritage.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Granites; Provenance quarries; Schmidt hammer; Stone heritage; Ultrasonic velocity; Weathering
Subjects:Sciences > Geology > Petrology
ID Code:76576
Deposited On:09 Feb 2023 07:29
Last Modified:09 Feb 2023 10:23

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