Adobe Consolidation (1988-1995)
 
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A view of some of the forty test adobe walls in 1990 at historic Ft. Selden in New Mexico, USA, constructed by the GCI and the Museum of New Mexico State Monuments as part of a collaborative research project on adobe preservation. Photo: Neville Agnew.

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The historic ruins of 19th-century Ft. Selden on the banks of the Rio Grande, with Mount Robledo in the background. Photo: Erica Avrami.

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Adobe walls of the Ft. Selden barracks, with supports bracing the fragile remnants. Photo: Erica Avrami.

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GCI research fellow, Richard Coffman, working in the GCI laboratory on adobe test samples that have been consolidated using different polymers. Photo: Guillermo Aldana.

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A control test wall at Ft. Selden in 1990. The instrumentation seen here measures the diurnal heat flux through the wall. Photo: Neville Agnew.

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A number of the Ft. Selden test walls in 1990. Some of the experimental procedures seen here include consolidants, sheltering, and geodrain testing with accelerated deterioration from a water spray system. Photo: Neville Agnew.

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Delegates to the Adobe 90 conference in October, 1990 at Ft. Selden examine the various test wall experiments. The international conference was coorganized by the GCI. Photo: Dusan Stulik.