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Construction in Ladakh

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In Ladakh building clay is called Makalak. Often very local material is used. A very good Makalak can be found in this quarry near Spituk (34° 7'51.30"N, 77°31'29.95"E), right beside the main road (NH1D) that connects Leh with Srinagar 17.7.2010
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The clay deposition shows sequences with beige to brown to red interlayers and some rare coarser grained silt to sand layers (Detail see picture below)...
17.7.2010
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Detail from upper most part of Makalak layer in the above image
17.7.2010
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Some layers are very homogeneous and thick
17.7.2010
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Sieving on a road building site along NH1D. In the background Basgo is visible.
17.7.2010
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Wall constructed from stones with more or less rectangular shape and mud as laying mortar at Basgo site
3.8.2010
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Mud brick production at Basgo
3.8.2010
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Modern mud brick form seen in Kanji
30.7.2010
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Typical mud wall enclosing a field in Leh
17.7.2010
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Dry stones walls can often be seen as well. Here a retention wall along the road leading to the hot springs in the southwest of Wanla
21.7.2010
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Newly constructed wall along the road leading to the hot springs in the southwest of Wanla. Wall at the bottom made out of dry stones, having a concrete finish at the top
21.7.2010
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Way of construction of a concrete top on a dry stone wall. Wall along the road leading to the hot springs in the southwest of Wanla, as in image above.
21.7.2010
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This is the way they make supports for building a ceiling every where in Ladakh. It is not easy to find wooden trunks long enough, therefore the supports nearly always consists of two shorter trunks hold together by small boards and nails. Here these hold the ceiling before concreting
16.7.2010
 

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