JAIC 1999, Volume 38, Number 2, Article 6 (pp. 186 to 199)
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JAIC 1999, Volume 38, Number 2, Article 6 (pp. 186 to 199)

THE USE OF MINERALOGICAL DATA IN INTERPRETATION OF LONG-TERM MICROBIOLOGICAL CORROSION PROCESSES: SULFIDING REACTIONS

M. B. MCNEIL, & B. J. LITTLE


ABSTRACT—Immersed or buried objects are covered with a biofilm. The microbiological consortia in the biofilms play an important role in determining the corrosion or alteration of such objects, particularly archaeological artifacts. Mineral deposits on the surface of these objects can provide useful insights into the processes of degradation and, in cases of severe degradation, sometimes into the nature of the original objects. This article reviews results of mineralogical studies on corroded objects in general, with an emphasis on sulfides.
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Article Sections:

1. INTRODUCTION
2. MINERALOGICAL OBSERVATIONS
3. CONCLUSIONS
a: References , Author Information
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