Natural marble is a metamorphic rock formed by heat and high pressure in the crust. It belongs to medium hard stone, mainly composed ofcalcite, limestone, serpentine and dolomite. Its main components are calciumcarbonate to mainly, accounting for more than 50%.
What are thecharacteristics of natural marble？Main feature of natural marble is that Dense texture but not very hard, easyprocessing, carving, grinding, polishing and so on. After polishing, marble isexquisite, natural and smooth texture. It has high decorative. Natural marblecan be use 40-100 years because of its low water absorption and highdurability. Natural marble slab and profile items are important materials forinterior and furniture making.
What kind of historically important marble？
There are some historicallyimportantkinds of marble, named after the locations of their quarries, include:
- Carrara (Italy)
- Pentelicus (Greece)
- Proconnesus (Turkey)
- Penteli (Greece)
- Macael (Spain)
- Makrana (India)
- Danby (Vermont)
- Yule (Colorado)
White marbles, like Carrara, have been prized for sculpture sinceclassical times. This preference has to do with the softness and relativeisotropy and homogeneity, and a relative resistance to shattering. Also, thelow index of refraction of calcite allows light to penetrate severalmillimeters into the stone before being scattered out, resulting in thecharacteristic "waxy" look which gives "life" to marblesculptures of the human body.
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