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"Detachment of stone as a scale or a stack of scales, not following any stone structure and detaching like fish scales or parallel to the stone surface. The thickness of a scale is generally of millimetric to centimetric scale, and is negligeable compared to its surface dimension." [1] May also occur as a form of weathering, primarily on rocks or rocky surfaces that reside in a salt ladened environment.

Example of contour scaling on stone

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Contour Scaling

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English scaling
French desquamation
Spanish desincrustación
German schuppen
Chinese (Traditional) 片狀剝落

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Appears to primarily be an issue within sandstone which easily erodes. Is also affected by the conditions of the weathering process and from the salinity of the air.

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  1. International Council on Monuments & Sites, Illustrated Glossary on Stone Deterioration Patterns.