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Granite - "Of Fire"

 

 

Granite is almost literally as old as the Earth.

It comes in a wealth of colours that will blend and complement almost any décor. It is the second hardest naturally occurring material in the world so is therefore a popular choice for fireplace and kitchen worktop applications.

What is Granite?

In basic terms it is primarily made up of three main minerals - quartz, feldspar, and mica. In the volcanic ages these minerals were fused together under immense pressure to create granite. It is formed from magma - the liquid rock from the core of the earth. As the magma cools as it is pushed up to the surface of the earth, it forms a rock which has hardness and durability approaching that of diamond.

Granite is an Igneous rock which has a chemical composition similar to that of lava but is much harder because it was formed under high pressure deep within the Earth. Over 700 types of Igneous rocks exist, most of them formed beneath the surface of the Earth's crust. The name Igneous is derived from the Latin Igneus, which means "of fire".

Granite can be found on every continent and has been quarried for over 6000 years before hard metals were even available.

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