Fun Facts About Granite!

06/10/2011
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            Since we are all about granite, it seems fitting and right that we should do our part to educate and familiarize the general public with this stone we put into countless people’s homes. So here is the quick scoop on this age-old rock.
            To start with, we need to establish how granite is created. Where does granite come from? It is an intrusive igneous rock, which means it is formed below the earth’s surface, from magma which has cooled and eventually solidified. As a refresher, we will note that magma is the molten rock below the surface of the earth. (“Oh yeah, I remember learning that long ago when I was in elementary school, at the science fair!”) When the magma solidifies, it becomes one of any number of different kinds of igneous rocks, depending on the exact composition of the minerals. The most common types of igneous rocks are granite, basalt, and pumice, all of which are used for countless purposes in our daily lives.
            What is it that makes granite perfect for building construction? After all, it’s been in use for an extremely long time. Granite is one of the most durable of natural stones, making it most ideal for construction. Its composition – mainly of four main minerals: quartz, feldspar, mica, and hornblende – gives it its marked durability. Its density, owed to the structure of the minerals of which it is made, makes it perfect for installing in homes, especially areas with high traffic, such as kitchens. Granite is useful for countertops, desks, tables, and anywhere you would put tile.
            Granite countertops and tiles may not have been around for many centuries, but granite has been used in construction since ancient Egyptian times. Many of the extremely famous pyramids in Egypt were made at least partially of granite, as well as many sculptures and other buildings. Of course it would not be easily distinguished between other stones by the untrained eye, unpolished and carved as it is, but it is granite nonetheless. Additionally, granite has been used for palaces, temples, tombs, headstones, and memorials, railways, and even foundations for homes. Oh, and yes, Mount Rushmore is made of granite!
            Granite in sports? Yes. Definitely. The sport of Curling utilizes granite: it’s the heavy stone the players slide across the ice. In this case it is highly polished, to ensure ease of movement down the ice. (Incidentally, if you’re looking for a sport with physical movement and intense thinking skills, this one’s for you.)
            So there you have it: a bit of how granite is formed in the earth, what it’s made of, and a brief history of its uses. If that’s not enough info for you, check out the two places from which we got much of this info: 

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/granite-rock-facts.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Granite

 
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