Building Up, Breaking Down

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Building Up, Breaking Down

Instructional Resource

In lessons in this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom, students explore the weathering of buildings, which begins the minute the buildings are built. Physical breakdown (such as rock fracture), chemical weathering, and pollution are all key ingredients in this discussion of the geology of the built environment. Also included is a guide to gravestone weathering.

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