(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2011)

Document title

Colonization and weathering of engineering materials by marine microorganisms : an SEM study

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

COOMBES M.A. (1) ; NAYLOR L.A. (1) ; THOMPSON R.C. (2) ; ROAST S.D. (4) ; GÓMEZ-PUJOL L. (3 5) ; FAIRHURST R.J. (6) ;
(1) Geography, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, Univ., Exeter, ROYAUME-UNI
(2) Marine Biology and Ecology Research Centre, Univ., Plymouth, ROYAUME-UNI
(3) Mediterranean Inst. for Advanced Studies, IMEDEA (CSIC-UIB), Balearic Islands, Esporles, ESPAGNE
(4) Ecosystems Science, Environment Agency, Devon, Exeter, ROYAUME-UNI
(5) Dep. de Ciències de la Terra, Univ. de les Illes Balears, Palma de Mallorca, ESPAGNE
(6) Camborne School of Mines, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Univ. of Exeter in Cornwall, Penryn, ROYAUME-UNI


Here the AA. use scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to examine microbial colonization and micro-scale geomorphological features on experimental blocks of limestone, granite and marine concrete after eight months'exposure in the intertidal zone in Cornwall, UK. The results presented demonstrate the influence of substratum lithology, hardness and texture on the nature of early micro-scale colonization, and the susceptibility of different engineering materials to organic weathering and erosion processes in the intertidal zone. The implications of differences in initial biogeomorphic responses of materials for long-term rock weathering, ecology and engineering durability are discussed


Article of periodic

published at : Earth surface processes and landforms / ISSN 0197-9337 / CODEN ESPLDB

Editor : Wiley, Chichester - ROYAUME-UNI (1981)

Millesime : 2011, vol. 36, no5 [pp. 582-593]

Bibliographic references : 2 p.

Collation : 7 fig., 6 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 17355

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