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Aliki Ancient Marble Quarry in Thassos Island, Greece

The partially submerged ruins of a white marble quarry used in ancient Greece for over 1,200 years.  White marble was highly sought-after in ancient Greece,...

4,000 Year Old Carved Stone Slab is Europe’s Oldest Known Map

An intricately carved stone slab from the early Bronze Age found in France has been identified as the oldest cartographical representation of a known territory in...

The place where the marble of the classic sculptures comes from

Many of the masterpieces of Michelangelo were made of the Pietrasanta marbleA little further beyond the Tuscan coast lies a picturesque town with whitewashed...

A Moment in Time: Telling the Stories in Natural Stone

By Karin Kirk, GeologistNatural stone isn’t just beautiful and durable; it’s a monument to Earth’s past. Every piece of natural stone is a product...

Know Your Rocks: An Overview of the Geology of Natural Stone

By Karin KirkDo you love natural stone? Me too. Fans of natural stone countertops, tiles, fireplaces, walls, and building stone are natural allies to geologists....

Why Knoxville Was Called “the Marble City”

Stone from Knoxville-area quarries adorns some of the most famous buildings in America. Geologists note that Tennessee marble, often pinkish in hue, is actually a crystalline...

Greek Marble: The Stone that Shaped the World

From prehistoric Cycladic figurines to the Parthenon Marbles and beyond, marble has been used time and again in Greek art and architecture to honor...

Michelangelo’s marble route in Apuan Alps

Five hundred years ago, Pope Leo X forced Michelangelo to leave his beloved Carrara and find new quarries in the impenetrable surroundings of Pietrasanta...

The Majestic Marble Quarries of Northern Italy

What we admire as pristine white stone was born hundreds of millions of years ago in overwhelming darkness. ‘‘Marmo,’’ the Italians call it —...

The Use of Marble in Architecture: Classy Material for the Ages

Marble is a precious rock that has many different properties. There are very few rocks like it. The biggest reason why this rock is...