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Other types of weathering don't leave evidence or telltale patterns? That's what I'm taking your statement as, and I've read it twice now. If I'm wrong, please correct me, but that's how I'm reading your statement.

Have you ever seen limestone of any kind weathered by water, salt exfoliation, or any other type of weathering? If you have, then you'd know that they do leave evidence. If you've been in a limestone cave, you'd realize that in most cases the cave is specific evidence of weathering.

I'm not going to do the url thing but you need to take a look through these pics. Unfortunately for me, I'm on my sister's laptop which has some security features in which limit me from pulling up the pics easily for you, but the links work just as well. They all show various limestones throughout the world that show various types of weathering. I've also included some articles regarding the various weathering of Egyptian monuments as well.









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El-Merdani Mosque in Cairo

Limestone dealing with the Amarna period (specific the type of stone and the weatherng seen and mentioned)

Preserving the old Necropolis

Here is the link regarding limestone weathering of monuments in Cairo. The pics are clickable and will enlarge to show you more.

Differential weathering or preferential erosion - Selective weathering which involves the loss of less consolidated material exposing the most resistant fragments. (This is from a basic geology textbook)

Eolian Processes and Arid Lands

Stone Conservation

More things dealing with weathering, and some references

Conservation information regarding limestone and salt exfoliation

I don't know if I read your post wrong, but each weathering process does have a look/pattern to it. This is shown by the pictures in various links I've given and also if you've ever done conservation work on any outdoor monument or statue, you'd see it, especially in high pollution, high moisture areas.

Like I pointed out before, I'm waiting for Mr. West to clarify his latter statement as it doesn't seem to mesh with his earlier comment. With the inclusion of the articles regarding limestone monuments in Cairo, I'm curious considering many of them are from similar limestone from nearby. Further, with the Sphinx having been exposed from the tip of the head to its tail, it has been exposed to wind erosion, air pollution, salt exfoliation, chemical erosion (carbonate liquid), etc, we have other newer weathering marks as well. I'm curious how it's possible to say all of the Sphinx has salt exfoliation (even if it's in minority, weathering wise according to him) but yet it be everywhere but in that particular area. The only way I can think it's possible is if that portion of the Sphinx isn't made from limestone, but some other stone material. I'm hoping he'll clarify that for me so I can understand his point of view, though I may or may not agree with it.


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To John A West: I Honorably Object 512 R Avry Wilson 08-Jan-04 07:27
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 272 Dyrham 08-Jan-04 12:09
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 282 R Avry Wilson 08-Jan-04 12:27
Yes and No 261 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 15:29
Re: Yes and No 260 lobo-hotei 08-Jan-04 16:20
exactly! 292 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 16:44
Re: exactly! 283 Elizabeth Newton 09-Jan-04 01:31
Re: exactly! 265 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 08:34
that's a big help ...NOT!~ 238 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 15:46
Re: that's a big help ...NOT!~ 273 Elizabeth Newton 11-Jan-04 05:07
I'll try again 273 W. L. Nixon 11-Jan-04 15:33
Re: I'll try again 204 Elizabeth Newton 11-Jan-04 15:57
Re: I'll try again 249 W. L. Nixon 11-Jan-04 16:19
Re: I'll try again 210 Elizabeth Newton 11-Jan-04 16:29
Re: exactly! 236 Cynnara 09-Jan-04 12:44
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 249 scimitar 08-Jan-04 16:46
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 222 rubberdown 08-Jan-04 12:28
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 235 R Avry Wilson 08-Jan-04 12:31
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 271 cardinal guzman 08-Jan-04 13:04
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 212 Dyrham 09-Jan-04 18:04
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 266 SunSword 09-Jan-04 19:29
On the way to the park 282 j_bowles 08-Jan-04 14:44
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 333 scimitar 08-Jan-04 16:20
An apology? Where? 281 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 16:33
I can only opine that... 248 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 16:56
Re: I can only opine that... 228 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 17:00
The Bludgeon of Ludicrous Wit... 257 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 17:20
Re: The Bludgeon of Ludicrous Wit... 257 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 17:23
Re: The Bludgeon of Ludicrous Wit... 253 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 17:31
Re: An apology? Where? 257 ArmchairObserver 08-Jan-04 17:01
You are ignoring.. 263 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 17:07
Re: You are ignoring.. 228 ArmchairObserver 08-Jan-04 22:38
hard to believe 246 j_bowles 08-Jan-04 23:04
Re: hard to believe 221 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 08:28
Re: hard to believe 260 mephisto 09-Jan-04 12:34
Re: hard to believe 236 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 12:36
Re: hard to believe 246 mephisto 09-Jan-04 12:39
Re: hard to believe 235 ArmchairObserver 09-Jan-04 18:00
in this thread 238 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 15:54
Re: An apology? Where? 218 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 17:20
Re: An apology? Where? 230 ArmchairObserver 08-Jan-04 22:39
Re: An apology? Where? 243 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 08:26
Re: An apology? Where? 282 ArmchairObserver 09-Jan-04 18:05
Re: An apology? Where? 290 Bent 08-Jan-04 17:42
Re: An apology? Where? 256 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 17:48
Re: An apology? Where? 249 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 17:53
clarification 259 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 17:57
Warwick & Gerd......... 254 Bent 08-Jan-04 19:17
Bent 272 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 19:46
Re: Bent 224 Bent 08-Jan-04 19:56
Re: Bent 264 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 20:23
Re: Bent 249 Bent 08-Jan-04 20:26
Re: Bent 249 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 20:32
Re: Bent 217 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 08:25
Re: Bent 217 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 15:56
Re: Bent 243 G. VDC 10-Jan-04 16:13
Re: An apology? Where? 221 lobo-hotei 08-Jan-04 18:16
Lobo... 231 Bent 08-Jan-04 18:31
Re: An apology? Where? 223 Jaimi 08-Jan-04 23:59
And the body faced east 212 j_bowles 08-Jan-04 16:53
Re: And the body faced east 191 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 17:03
Re: And the body faced east 226 j_bowles 08-Jan-04 18:21
Hold on a minute 245 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 18:32
Re: The Measured Sphinx 267 JDMilller 08-Jan-04 18:31
Re: The Measured Sphinx 233 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 18:38
I'll try! 250 W. L. Nixon 08-Jan-04 18:46
*GRINS* 237 G. VDC 08-Jan-04 18:53
Re: *GRINS* 245 Cynnara 09-Jan-04 12:43
Re: The Measured Sphinx 251 cardinal guzman 09-Jan-04 00:17
Re: The Measured Sphinx 229 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 08:20
Re: The Measured Sphinx 273 ArmchairObserver 08-Jan-04 22:54
Great example of the fluff JAW was complaining about 242 Laird Scranton 08-Jan-04 23:09
Re: To John A West: I Honorably Object 197 Diomede 09-Jan-04 00:50
The Sakkara Tombs 277 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 12:34
G.VDC Some Questions for you to answer directly please 248 Thirdwave 09-Jan-04 15:43
Re: G.VDC Some Questions for you to answer directly please 263 G. VDC 09-Jan-04 17:03
Re: G.VDC Some Questions for you to answer directly please 219 Thirdwave 09-Jan-04 20:55
Re: G.VDC Some Questions for you to answer directly please 251 G. VDC 10-Jan-04 14:33
Original Thinking and Common Sense 237 Thirdwave 10-Jan-04 17:32
can we please.. 261 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 17:40
Walk this way ..... 221 Thirdwave 10-Jan-04 17:53
Re: Walk this way ..... 234 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 17:58
Oh deary dear ! 238 Thirdwave 10-Jan-04 18:10
the Topic is.. 233 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 18:41
Re: the Topic is.. 239 Thirdwave 10-Jan-04 18:48
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 282 Greg Reeder 10-Jan-04 19:49
nonsense reigns 238 j_bowles 10-Jan-04 20:02
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 281 Thirdwave 10-Jan-04 20:07
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 284 R Avry Wilson 11-Jan-04 08:03
are you saying... 284 W. L. Nixon 11-Jan-04 15:40
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 282 G. VDC 11-Jan-04 13:18
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 233 Laird Scranton 11-Jan-04 16:00
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 270 Greg Reeder 12-Jan-04 03:32
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 247 G. VDC 12-Jan-04 05:56
Re: Original Thinking and Common Sense 205 G. VDC 12-Jan-04 05:58
Mr West... 244 Cynnara 09-Jan-04 16:16
Re: Mr West... 229 Laird Scranton 09-Jan-04 19:47
Re: Mr West... 248 Cynnara 09-Jan-04 23:37
Re: Mr West... 230 Laird Scranton 09-Jan-04 23:45
Re: Mr West... 267 Cynnara 10-Jan-04 00:14
Re: Mr West... 235 Laird Scranton 10-Jan-04 05:10
Re: Mr West... 216 Archae Solenhofen 10-Jan-04 06:03
Re: Mr West... 226 Laird Scranton 10-Jan-04 16:32
I could be wrong but... 229 W. L. Nixon 10-Jan-04 16:46
Re: Mr West... 233 Archae Solenhofen 10-Jan-04 19:33
Archae...... 264 Bent 10-Jan-04 20:11
Re: Mr West... 303 Cynnara 10-Jan-04 12:26
Re: Mr West... 235 Archae Solenhofen 10-Jan-04 06:00
Re: Mr West... 255 Laird Scranton 10-Jan-04 16:35
Re: Mr West... 255 Archae Solenhofen 10-Jan-04 19:36
Re: Mr West... 238 Laird Scranton 11-Jan-04 00:08
Re: Mr West... 222 W. L. Nixon 11-Jan-04 16:59
Re: Mr West... 206 Archae Solenhofen 12-Jan-04 06:30
Episode 3 of JAW's Magical Tour 215 Atlantida 09-Jan-04 20:59

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