from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A material existing in enormous quantities (from 5 to 500 feet thick) over the greater portion of the surface of Mexico, and supposed to be consolidated volcanic mud. It is also found less extensively in Central and South America.
- n. A material existing in enormous quantities (5 to 500 feet thick) over the greater portion of the surface of Mexico, and supposed to be consolidated volcanic mud.
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On a related topic, I'm thinking that electric toilets might be more environmentally friendly than a septic tankand I don't know howpractical a septic tank would be in tepetate that close to the beach and water line.
One of the clays used is tepetate, which has heat-resistant properties that keep the pineapple from cracking or exploding in the oven.
What construction methods seem to do best in similar sites (oceanfront, tepetate ground, electricity on-site, water mains in).
If _tepetate_ was employed in the construction of the royal palaces, it would not have added materially to the weight resting upon the earthy foundations; for when the water in the ditches occupied half the street,  the foundations must have been so much softer than at present, that structures of the lightest material only could be borne.
(_tepetate_), and an exceedingly soft, gray quarry stone, for caps and lintels, with an excellent quality of cement, and material for