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By Joey Lewitin
Marble is any limestone or dolomite that can take a high polish and still
be usable. Marble is generally formed from limestone undergoing metamorphism.
When exposed to extremes of pressure or heat limestone turns into calcite
or dolomite crystals, which are the primary materials in marble.
Marble has a famous history. The ancient Greeks built their architecture,
cities, and sculptures often from Pentelic and Parian Marbles, quarried in
Greece. The romans later used marble in their buildings as well, quarrying
in the Greek spots and finding roman marble quarries of their own. Marble
is, in a lot of ways, what the classical and Hellenistic age was built from.
It is still used heavily today in construction, and can be quarried all over
the world. The uses for this stone are almost endless. Its used in
flooring, counter tops, pillars, stair cases, colonnades, paneling, and facing
stone in architectural structures. It cant however be used outdoors,
since water would corrode its crystalline structure. It is also very smooth
and therefore tends to be slippery, which makes it unfavorable to use in
high traffic areas.
Marble is one of the most beautiful stones, with a highly polished smooth
face and a wide variety of colors. These various colors are due to impurities,
such as iron or carbon, getting caught in the marbles structure during formation.
They often appear in stripes which makes the marble, especially when cut,
Its these properties that make marble suited to some of the more delicate
arts. It can be crafted into beautiful home furnishings, and it has been
the material used in many of the worlds most beautiful sculptures. It is
one of the most beautiful, elegant, historically prevalent stones that can
About The Author
Joey lewitin is an author and designer. His website
http://pebblez.com is where
he hosts his unique home decor items