Kris, our team member from Bulgaria, visited a marble
quarry and a marble plant. Let's visit the Marble Plant with Kris!
When I began this project, I didn't know anything about
mines or mining. I didn't know what I could do to help the team
with the project but I finally decided to make a trip video.
During our spring holiday, my father, mother, baby brother and I went to Berkovitsa where
there was a quarry and a marble plant.
quarry was interesting. There were a lot of marble blocks
in many colors like gray, white, and pink. In my opinion,
the pink marble is the most beautiful. It looks as if it is
colored artificially but itís not. Nature has created it so
shiny and lovely.
From there, we called the president of the marble plant
and asked permission to take videos. He told us it was all right
and he would send a worker with us so that everything could be
explained. It was good to have someone go with us because it can
be dangerous in plants and factories and they wouldn't want people
wandering around alone.
Marble has to be cut into different sizes depending on what
it is going to be used for. Giant saws are used for this. There
is a lot of dust in the plant. The saw has water spraying on the blade as it
cuts. This keeps the dust from flying around and it cools
off the saw blade. The blade gets very hot as it cuts.
There are steel rope cutters outside of the plant. These
cut the giant pieces of marble into smaller slabs. These slabs are
cut again into sizes that they need for different products.
The workers know what the marble will be used for before it is
The plant is very noisy because of the cutting
machines. There are a lot of them.
Then the marble is polished so that it has a very nice
surface. Marble is used in lots of things. It can be
used in kitchen countertops that are shiny and smooth.
Marble plants make it this way.
The continuous belt machine is used for polishing. Many slabs of marble can be fed into the machine.
The pieces are pushed out of the machine and down a conveyor to
a place where they are taken off.
Sometimes marble is sold in sheets and blocks. Sometimes
it is formed into shapes. This plant sells a lot
of their marble to the United States.
It was interesting to see the 'fences' made of marble.
These were smooth and would last a long time because marble is
very strong. Marble lasts a long time even if it is out in
While we were at the plant, we saw different kinds of
vehicles. The first ones we saw were a big dump truck and
a crane. The truck was coming from the quarry. It was loaded
with marble blocks. The crane lifted the marble blocks from the
truck and moved them to one end of a big yard.