Marble

Marble is a non-foliated metamorphic rock composed of recrystallized carbonate minerals, most commonly calcite or dolomite.

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.

Read more about Marble:  Etymology, Physical Origins, Types, Production, Artificial Marble, Cultural Associations

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