Utilizing underdeveloped limestone resources in Pennsylvania: the past and future of “natural cements"
Senior Geoscientist and Geochemist
Pennsylvania Geological Survey
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Who should attend: Professionals in earth and environmental science fields, academia, cement and aggregate production and exploration, historical resources, geoarchaeology. College students.
Webinar Overview: “Natural cement” is a hydraulic cement historically produced in the Hudson, Lehigh, and Potomac Valleys from 1820 to 1970, composed of dolomitic, siliceous limestones and used extensively in that era’s construction. Rehabilitation of old structures and recognition of its lower carbon footprint has driven new development in the Hudson Valley, and the Pennsylvania Geological Survey is working with academic, industry, and museum partners to see if suitable materials can be found to support Pennsylvania jobs and industry. Attendees will learn about the geology and geochemistry behind New York natural cement production and the geochemical and GIS methods the PA Geological Survey are employing to discover new resources.
About our presenter: Adam Ianno is a senior geoscientist and geochemist with the Pennsylvania Geological Survey in Middletown, PA. Prior to joining the Survey, Adam served as an academic professional in Pennsylvania and Texas, an entrepreneur, and planetary science data specialist. His interest in natural cement resources comes from a graduate field trip to the natural cement region of New York led by academics, historians, and NY State Museum staff. As an expert in magnesium isotope geochemistry, these magnesium-rich natural cement rocks became a research interest over the past 17 years. As these resources become progressively needed, it is important that we get ahead of the demand for the benefit of Pennsylvania.
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