Marble is originally a limestone and a “metamorphic rock”. That means that the stone has gone through a transformation. During millions of years, those limestones has been put under enormous pressure and high temperature in the bedrock. This is how (with high pressure and high temperatures) the marbling has arisen in the stone. The marbling is actually pollutants in the stone.
You can often find fossils in marble. As the stones was formed, over a wide time span, dead plants and animals was covered in clay and limestone sediment. During the metamorphic process, the fossils emerged into the stone by pressure and high temperature, meaning that also fossils left non or very small traces.
WHERE CAN MARBLE BE FOUND?
Marble can be found all over the world but the most famous marble, the white marble, comes from Carrara, in Italy. These stones are found in the mountains Carrarmountins, that was formed for circa 190 million years ago.
Michelangelo, Canova, and Donatello all used the Carrara marble for their infamous sculptures. Marble can have different colors. There is white, black, red and brown marble. The purest marble is almost white or has a very light color. However, most people are interested in colored veining.
MARBLE IS A SENSITIVE MATERIAL
Marble is sensitive for acidity substances, oils and fats. The
acidity substances can make stains and the oils, and the fats can leave darker spots on the surface. As marble is a porous and sensitive material, it is sensitive for moist and dirt. Make sure
that you always wipe the marble, but do not use strong or acidity cleanser material.
Think about the marble like your skin. All natural material like stone or wood are porous and will soak in, what is on the surface. If the material is dry, it will be more porous and more sensitive and would more easy take stains. As your skin, you need to keep the marble clean and moisturized.
Marble and glass are two things that doesn’t match, so try to keep this hard material away from your marble. Also knifes and marble is not a good combination. The hard marble surface will wear out and destroy a knife in short time.
WILL THE RESOURCES OF MARBLE RUN
Marble is natural and sustainable material that you can keep a lifetime if you care for it in the right way. But is it never ending resource? Marble is a natural resource and at one point it could logically run out. Like other natural resources. Therefore, it should be finite.
However, there are evidence that say that there are marble beds in regions, that are so plentiful that they could be considered as infinite. For example, the Carrara marble are especulated to exist over 150 meters above sea level, as well as far below but even though efforts from experts to determine how much, they could not. Another example, the Kolmårds marble from Sweden, there are calculation that there is enough for another 800 years.
With all natural resources we should be careful and care with love. If we do, your marble table can for sure stay with you a lifetime.
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Sources: Marble.com / Vikenshantverkeri.se / mio.se / villalivet.se / affarsliv.com /Wikipedia.com