What is it and where is it formed?
Marble is a
metamorphic limestone. When limestone is heated
and has pressure put on it, its
calcite is melted. Larger
crystals are formed and this is marble. Whatever is mixed
in with the limestone decides the final color of the
marble. If limestone is pure, you get a white marble. If
hematite or clay in it, you will get a reddish color
marble. Most marble is large grained and comes in
many colors and patterns.
How and where is it mined?
Marble is mined in mountain areas using
quarrying. It is
found in: Canada, Italy, Germany, and Spain. In the U.S.,
the best come from Vermont but there are quarries in
Maryland, Tennessee, Massachusetts, and lots of other
What is it used for?
Marble is used in statues, buildings, tomb stones, fireplace
mantles, floor tiles, and countertops. It is soft and is
easy to carve or cut into shapes. This is why it is used to
A piece of marble that was drilled
out of a wall.