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Bowers Quarry is located in England’s southern coast and will host a monument dedicated to biodiversity. Image courtesy: Albion Stone.

News
Tourist attraction to open on active site

More than a decade after being approved, an innovative tourist monument is set to open at a stone quarry and mine site in 2020. Read more »
The idle Bridge Street Quarry is the site of the proposed Quarry Gardens in Toowoomba.

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Quarry Gardens plan revived after decade in wilderness

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has committed $250,000 towards a feasibility study to transform an idle quarry on the outskirts of Toowoomba into first-class parkland. Read more »
Archaeologists have discovered evidence that shows how the Egyptians built the Great Pyramid of Giza in approximately 2600 BC. Image courtesy: The Daily Mail.

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Ancient scroll highlights pyramid construction

An ancient papyrus scroll recently discovered in Egypt is believed to have revealed how ancient Egyptians transported limestone to build the Great Pyramid of Giza. Read more »
Two workers scale the cliffs of the quarry to remove any clutter that could harm quarry workers. Image courtesy: The New York Times.

News
History of marble brought to light

The demand for marble currently fuelled by the Middle East has brought the rich back story of the marble-producing quarries of Italy back into the spotlight. Read more »
In beach replenishment, a dredge off-shore will normally pump a water sand slurry through large pipes onto the beach.

Geology
Where the sand meets the sea

Natural sand is a diminishing resource around the world, but still in enormous demand. The dwindling of sand supplies is most noticeable on beaches worldwide. Bill Langer discusses how onshore sand quarries may in the future provide some salvation for preserving and rehabilitating our shrinking coastlines. Read more »
Your common garden car park, with trees scattered about in island beds.

Environmental Products
Structural Soil – A Tree’s Bff!

In his determination to prove there are indeed environmentally sustainable aggregate applications, Bill Langer almost picked a domestic “fight” with his wife – intellectual, of course! The bone of contention: structural soil – in a car park, no less! Subscription required. Read more »
Piles of oversized Barre granite were a perfect size and shape for the breakwater.

Geology
The Atlantic Generating Facility

As he continues to explore environmentally sustainable aggregate applications, BILL LANGER is reminded of a wonderful experience with his father during adolescence... Subscription required. Read more »
A fossilised dinosaur skeleton was recently discovered in a quarry factory in the UK. Image courtesy: Express Digest.

News
Routine factory visit digs up dinosaur bones

Fossils of an ‘extremely rare’ dinosaur skeleton believed to be up to 132 million years old have recently been unearthed at a building materials factory in the UK. Read more »
Figure 1. Giant gravel “batteries” can convert excess energy to thermal energy.

Geology Talk
Gravel batteries and renewable energy

In this third chapter on environmentally sustainable aggregate applications, Bill Langer discusses the merits of renewable energy – and how in terms of supply chain, handling and construction, few materials are as environmentally friendly and simple to use as gravel. Read more »
Growing plants in aggregates is preferred to the hydroponic method because the aggregate helps to support the roots.

Geology
Grown in gravel

In the second feature of a series on environmentally friendly, sustainable aggregate applications, Bill Langer explains how plants can not only survive – but thrive – in gravel beds. Subscription required. Read more »
Example of faster shingle failure along a roof eave where more water is channelled and which accelerates the washing away of the asphalt, saturating the paper fibre of the shingles. Image courtesy: Dale Mahalko.

Geology
Really cool roofing!

In the second part of his new series of articles exploring environmentally friendly, sustainable aggregate applications, Bill Langer this month recommends you look no further than above your head! Read more »
A permeable paver demonstration, in Austin’s Ferry, Tasmania. Image courtesy: JJ Harrison.

Geology
Aggregate and the environment

Some fortuitous breakfast conversation, courtesy of his wife Pam, has Bill Langer now chomping at the bit (in horseracing parlance!) to vent about the benefits of aggregate for the environment … Read more »


 


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