arrested decay


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arrested decay

[ə′res·təd di′kā]
(geology)
A stage in coal formation where biochemical action ceases.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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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.
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 place is much more interesting than it would have been if never bombed, in which case it would, like other museums, have been another accumulation of interior design decisions.
All of the original framing and the 1-inch by 12-inch board and batten construction siding of the garage were restored, providing a state of arrested decay. Rudolph and Sletten Inc.
National Park Service, which took over Kennecott in 1998, intends eventually to restore these buildings to a state of "arrested decay"-thereby keeping the ghost in this ghost town.
Unlike San Xavier, which is still an active church, the towering walls of San Jose de Tumacacori remain in a state of arrested decay beneath a burnt adobe bell tower.
Today the park's mandate is to maintain the buildings in a state of "arrested decay," with a crew working each summer to stabilize buildings.