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Minerals, non-metallic

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Author(s): Ludwig, Jan | Kirnbauer, Thomas
The early modern mining of stones and earths (Latin  lapides and terrae in the 1546 discussion of Agricola [1]) involved the extraction of various non-metallic mineral resources, mostly used as building materials. These included natural stone for above-ground construction and bridge building (including roofing, but also millstones, grindstones, whetstones, and boundary stones), solid rock and gravel for road construction, carbonate stone, gypsum, anhydrite, and trass as raw materials for quicklime, mortar, whit…
Date: 2020-04-06