Volcanic Materials in Commerce and Industry
The products of volcanic eruptions have provided useful raw materials for man throughout history. In many regions of the world volcanic rock is ubiquitous, and the inhabitants of these regions have developed ingenious uses for this natural resource. Ranging from early weapons and implements to building materials, volcanic rocks have been sought out because of their physical properties for use in manufacturing processes, as insulators, absorbents, or abrasives. Volcanic materials play an important role in our lives, regardless of whether or not we live near volcanoes, although most of us do not realize their wide variety and applications.
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Volcanic Materials in Commerce and Industry, in H. Sigurdsson, B. Houghton, H. Rymer, J. Stix & S. McNutt (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Volcanoes (1st Ed.), Academic Press, p. 1273-1284
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Dehn, Jonathan and McNutt, Stephen R., "Volcanic Materials in Commerce and Industry" (1999). School of Geosciences Faculty and Staff Publications. 283.