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Roman concrete mystery

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Roman concrete mystery

Postby FredQ » Thu July 6th, 2017, 8:03 pm

Scientists have finally discovered the secret of the indestructible Roman concrete:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/201 ... ion-decays
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Re: Roman concrete mystery

Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Thu July 6th, 2017, 8:41 pm

I loved this article! My cousin, who is a geologist in Northern Italy, has been chasing down the secret of Roman concrete most of his career. And the Pantheon roof, too--done is one pour, but with five different grades of concrete. I must ask Gabriele if he has read this.

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