Marble has been a very popular choice for countertops. Marble is porous metamorphic stone. It is a rock resulting from metamorphism of sedimentary carbonate rocks, most commonly limestone or dolomite rock.
Metamorphism causes variable recrystallization of the original carbonate mineral grains. The resulting marble rock is typically composed of an interlocking mosaic of carbonate crystals. Primary sedimentary textures and structures of the original carbonate rock (protolith) have typically been modified or destroyed.
Pure white marble is the result of metamorphism of a very pure (silicate-poor) limestone or dolomite protolith. The characteristic swirls and veins of many colored marble varieties are usually due to various mineral impurities such as clay, silt, sand, iron oxides, or chert which were originally present as grains or layers in the limestone. Green coloration is often due to serpentine resulting from originally high magnesium limestone or dolostone with silica impurities. These various impurities have been mobilized and recrystallized by the intense pressure and heat of the metamorphism.
This stone is usually recommended for the countertops with not too much traffic, since it is a porous stone, some staining might occur. So it might be not the best idea to install marble in the kitchen if there is a lot of cooking involved.
If you are looking for marble in Orlando, please, visit Stone Spirit (marble Orlando)
4108 N. Orange Blossom Trail,
Orlando, FL 32804
or call for a free consultation with granite/marble specialist in Orlando