Dimension stone in Western Australia: Volume 1 - Industry review and dimension stones of the Southwest Region

Dimension stone in Western Australia: Volume 1 - Industry review and dimension stones of the Southwest Region

Author: Fetherston, JM

Publication date: 08 October 2007

Format: Book

Type: Mineral Resources Bulletin 23

Pages: 181

Series Number: 23

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    Volume 1 of this Bulletin covers much of the published and unpublished data on dimension stone quarries, prospects, and historical sites in the southwest region of Western Australia. Currently, the largest dimension stone operations, producing substantial quantities of limestone building blocks, are located in the Carabooda - Nowergup and Moore River areas to the north of Perth. Smaller operations producing high-quality blocks and slabs are at Donnybrook (sandstone) and Bruce Rock (granite). This detailed study includes the history of dimension stone, the rock types and their physical properties, and quarry design and operation. Accounts of added-value stone processing, world production and markets, and restoration techniques for weathered stone round out this work.


  • Keywords and localities
    Western Australia, dimension stone, building stones, ornamental stone, monumental stone, granite, black granite, sandstone, limestone, marble, slate, quartzite, gneiss, physical properties, history, mineral exploration, quarrying, natural resources, South

  • Broad Terms
    Economic geology, Geological mapping, Geomorphology, Mineral deposits, Mineral exploration

  • Commodities
    Building stone, Dimension stone, Granite; Granitoid, Limestone, Marble, Sandstone, Slate

  • Geological ages
    Archean, Phanerozoic, Proterozoic

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