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Marble is a metamorphic rock. It is formed by the recrystallization of existing limestone due to heat and pressure. Limestone is a sedimentary rock made from calcite and aragonite, (different forms of calcium carbonate-CO3), mostly from skeletal remains of ancient coral. When limestone is transformed into marble, it becomes stronger and attains a special look. Marble comes from the Greek word ‘marmairo,’ meaning to flash or sparkle.  Although not hard, (about 3 on the Moh’s Scale of Hardness) its softness has a special attraction. It is resistant to shattering; it has malleability. It can easily be carved, sculpted and shaped. It also has an almost fleshy vibrant look due to its low index of refraction, allowing deep penetration of light with little scattering, hence, its use as an artistic medium in the classical cities of the Renaissance, such as Florence and Rome. In testimony to the durability of marble, most of these statues are still intact after hundreds of years. Italy happens to be the world’s largest supplier of marble. Although not great as a kitchen cutting surface, it should be considered a viable construction material, especially for bathrooms.

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