Abiotic Determinants of the Historical Buildings Biodeterioration in the Former Auschwitz II – Birkenau Concentration and Extermination Camp

  title={Abiotic Determinants of the Historical Buildings Biodeterioration in the Former Auschwitz II – Birkenau Concentration and Extermination Camp},
  author={Małgorzata Piotrowska and Anna Otlewska and Katarzyna Rajkowska and Anna Kozir{\'o}g and Mariusz Hachułka and Paulina Nowicka-Krawczyk and Grzegorz J. Wolski and Beata Gutarowska and Alina Kunicka-Styczyńska and Agnieszka Żydzik-Białek},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
The paper presents the results of a study conducted at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim on the occurrence of biodeterioration. Visual assessment of the buildings revealed signs of deterioration of the buildings in the form of dampness, bulging and crumbling plaster, and wood fiber splitting. The external surfaces, and especially the concrete strips and ground immediately adjoining the buildings, were colonized by bryophytes, lichens, and algae. These organisms developed most… 

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