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Louisiana soil textural classification map (left) and soil composition chart (right). Source: (US Dept. of Agriculture) 

Louisiana soil textural classification map (left) and soil composition chart (right). Source: (US Dept. of Agriculture) 

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Objective: Southern Louisiana is currently under great pressure to increase the quantity of resilient and affordable housing available within its local communities. Can earthen building mediums traditionally used in hot dry climates be re-appropriated for use in hot wet climates to help address this need? Methodology: In our current period of cli...

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... investigate the composition of earthen material in Southern Louisiana, a US Dept. of Agriculture soil classification map and chart were consulted to identify regional soil types and compositions ( Fig.1) (USDA 1999). ...
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... investigate the composition of earthen material in Southern Louisiana, a US Dept. of Agriculture soil classification map and chart were consulted to identify regional soil types and compositions ( Fig.1) (USDA 1999). A further understanding of the ground makeup was achieved by collecting samples from depths of 40 to 80 inches. It was necessary to extract the soil from this depth to ensure a uniform consistency of the material and minimize the amount of organic components. These samples were analyzed by performing cigar and jar tests to see if the soil possessed the necessary qualities to be made into earth blocks ( ...