Masters Theses


"The purpose of this investigation was to study the base exchange reaction occurring in Carthage marble as a possible cause of unusually rapid disintegration of Carthage marble which has been widely observed in various localities and under certain conditions. If this were found to be the principal cause of such disintegration the groundwork would be laid for research on a means of preventing it. According to Mr. R. E. Mayes, president of the Carthage Marble Corporation, forty to fifty percent of the stone quarried by this company is discarded because of large stylolitic veins. This represents a loss of many thousands of dollars yearly to the Carthage Marble Corporation. In cases where slabs containing such veins have been exposed to the weather, the stone in the neighborhood of the veins weathers much more rapidly than the remainder of the stone, forming deep grooves in the face of the stone and weakening it in the plane of the vein. While the stone is little if any weaker along the veins when freshly quarried, after several years of such localized disintegration the stone fractures rather easily along the plane of the veins...The value of a satisfactory solution to the problem of preventing such disintegration is estimated in thousands of dollars yearly; hence the practical value of a determination of the causes and mechanism of the disintegration, as a guide in seeking such a solution, is readily apparent"--Introduction, page 1-2.


Schrenk, Walter T.


Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Chemical Engineering


Carthage Marble Corporation


Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy

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ii, 134 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (leaves 74-77).

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© 1941 Elmond Lowell Claridge, All rights reserved.

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Thesis - Open Access

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Library of Congress Subject Headings

Marble -- Missouri
Stylolites -- Analysis
Veins (Geology)

Thesis Number

T 721

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