Olive Crazy: All About Olives and Olive Oil
Jan 152013
York Minster exterior statue. Notice damage to the stone.

York Minster exterior statue. Notice damage to the stone. Photo provided by FreeFoto.

I am endlessly fascinated by what can be done with olive oil. The gorgeous Gothic Cathedral of York Minster has undergone a lot of damage to its stone work. The acidic pollution in the atmosphere has eroded and pitted the limestone and no protective coating seemed to do the trick, until …

Preservationists tried olive oil. The oleic acid in olive oil binds to the limestone and also repels moisture. The olive oil has been mixed with a Teflon-like material to provide further protection. The new marinade is currently being tested to see if it can be used for the entire structure.

If it works then I suggest the EU unload all the stored olive oil on preservation projects throughout Europe. What a win-win.

Here is the article from Live Science dot com. Thanks to my friend Amanda Jolley for sending me the link to this wonderful article.

To Save a Cathedral, Marinate in Olive Oil | York Minster Acid Pollution | LiveScience

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