A Strategy for Use and Control of Potentially Reactive Carbonate Rocks: Including an Annotated Bibliography of Virginia Research

Report No: 71-R41

Published in 1972

About the report:

The Council's research on potentially reactive carbonate rocks was formally initiated in 1961, as an outgrowth of observations made in the field and preliminary laboratory tests begun in 1957. The potential impact of research findings on construction, the national attention directed toward the problems associated with reactive rocks, and the length of time required for the observation of a destructive process that in some cases manifests itself only after years have passed, all have contributed to the time spanned by the project. Throughout the project, the goal has been to develop recommendations to guide the Virginia Department of Highways in its identification and acceptance of aggregate from quarries furnishing material for construction. This report contains those recommendations.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


  • Howard Newlon, W. Cullen Sherwood, Michael A. Ozol

Last updated: February 9, 2024

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