In an effort to alert the stone producer (if road building is not consuming all of his production) to actively seek other outlets for his products, this article explores a variety of uses of limestones (and dolomites) as construction materials. The percentage of major categories of uses are tabulated and discussed. Limestone may be utilized in gabions, reinforced earth fills, rock buttress and rip rap for stabilizing landslides. Details are briefly outlined of gabions which are essentially wire baskets located on firm foundation lengthwise to the slide area and each is filled with stone that is about 12 by 4 inches. The use of broken stone for reinforced earth fills is schematically illustrated. Several non-highway uses of crushed limestone are mentioned: shopping center parking lots, subdivision streets, industrial parks, and football fields. Other uses include soil stabilization, sulfur oxide control, trickling filters, flux, cloth, etc. The development is also mentioned of a synthetic cotton material called vinalon from limestone. Limestone may also be used as ground cover around large electrical transformers, and the production of dyes, explosives, epsom salts.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Limestone Institute, Incorporated

    1315 Sixteenth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20036
  • Authors:
    • Goodwin, W A
  • Publication Date: 1975-6

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Serial:
    • Limestone
    • Volume: 12
    • Issue Number: 94
    • Publisher: National Limestone Institute, Incorporated

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00099997
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1975 12:00AM