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Marble


Marble is a metamorphic rock composed of recrystallized carbonate minerals, most commonly calcite or dolomite. Marble may be foliated. Geologists use the term "marble" to refer to metamorphosed limestone; however, stonemasons use the term more broadly to encompass unmetamorphosed limestone. Marble is commonly used for sculpture and as a building material.

The word "marble" derives from the Ancient Greek μάρμαρον (mármaron), from μάρμαρος (mármaros), "crystalline rock, shining stone", perhaps from the verb μαρμαίρω (marmaírō), "to flash, sparkle, gleam";R. S. P. Beekes has suggested that a "Pre-Greek origin is probable."

This stem is also the basis for the English word marmoreal, meaning "marble-like." While the English term resembles the French marbre, most other European languages follow the original Greek—see Persian and Irish marmar, Spanish mármol, Italian marmo, Portuguese mármore, Welsh, Slovene, German, Norwegian, Danish and Swedish marmor, Finnish marmori, Romanian marmură, Polish marmur, Dutch marmer, Turkish mermer, Czech mramor, and Russian мрáмор (mramor). In Hungarian it is called márvány.


Marble Color Location Country
Pentelic marble pure-white, fine-grained semitranslucent Mount Pentelicus (Πεντελικό όρος), Attica (Ἀττική)  Greece
Connemara marble green Connemara, County Galway  Ireland
Creole marble white and blue/black Pickens County, Georgia  United States
Etowah marble pink, salmon, rose Pickens County, Georgia  United States
Makrana marble white Makrana, Nagaur district, Rajasthan  India
Murphy marble white Pickens and Gilmer Counties, Georgia  United States
Nero Marquina marble black Markina, Spain  Spain
Parian marble pure-white, fine-grained Island of Paros (Πάρος), South Aegean (Νοτίου Αιγαίου)  Greece
Carrara marble white or blue-gray Carrara, Tuscany  Italy
Purbeck marble Gray/brown Isle of Purbeck, Dorset  United Kingdom
Ruskeala marble white near Ruskeala (Рускеала), Karelia (Карелия)  Russia
Rușchița marble white, pinkish, reddish Poiana Ruscă Mountains, Caraș-Severin County  Romania
Sienna marble yellow with violet, red, blue or white veins near Siena, Tuscany  Italy
Bianco Sivec white near Prilep (Прилеп), Pelagonia (Пелагониски)  Macedonia
Swedish green marble green near Kolmården, Södermanland  Sweden
Sylacauga marble white Talladega County, Alabama  United States
Vermont marble white Proctor, Vermont  United States
Yule marble uniform pure white near Marble, Colorado  United States
Wunsiedel marble white Wunsiedel, Bavaria  Germany

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