arrested decay


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arrested decay

[ə′res·təd di′kā]
(geology)
A stage in coal formation where biochemical action ceases.
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Whereas the artist offers the illusion of arrested decay in Anti-Herbst, he hastens destruction in 3 Ster mit Ausblick (3 Steres with a View), 2002.
This usually involves a discussion on differentiating between remineralization, arrested decay and an enamel defect--distractors commonly misunderstood by students.
Things that would once have been different from each other--veined marble, clay pots, Nile scenes, Pompeiian decoration, mosaic--are unified by the common quality of arrested decay.
The park's goal is not to restore the structures, but to keep them in a state of arrested decay ($75,000 a year is spent just stabilizing the buildings).