Pure white marble is the result of metamorphism of very pure limestone.
The finest marbles for sculpture have few or no stains.
Marble is a metamorphic rock, resulting from the metamorphism (transformation) of sedimentary carbonate rocks—either limestone (composed mainly of the [[mineral calcite) or dolomite rock (composed mainly of the mineral dolomite).
Among the commonly available stones, only marble has a slight surface translucency that is comparable to that of the human skin.
Compared to metals such as bronze, marble lacks ductility and strength, requiring special structural considerations when planning a sculpture.
Limestone is cheaper but less translucent than marble.
The extremely varied and colorful patterns of marble make it a favorite decorative material.
White marbles, like Carrara, have been prized for sculpture since classical times.
Marble patterns are also evident in backgrounds for computer displays.
Marble is a metamorphic rock, composed mainly of crystalline calcium carbonate or calcium magnesium carbonate.
Finely ground marble powder is a component in paints, toothpaste, and plastics.
The temperatures and pressures necessary to form marble usually destroy any fossils and sedimentary textures present in the original rock.
Places named after the stone include Marble Hill in Manhattan, New York; the Sea of Marmara; India's Marble Rocks; the towns of Marble in Minnesota and Colorado; and Marble Arch in London.
The Elgin Marbles are marble sculptures from the Parthenon (ancient Greek temple) that are on display in the British Museum.
Colorless marbles are a very pure source of calcium carbonate, which is used in a wide range of industries.
Marble also has the advantage that when first quarried it is relatively soft and easy to work, refine, and polish.
Powdered marble is used as an ingredient in paints, toothpaste, and plastics, or it may be added to cement or synthetic resins to produce "cultured marble."
The word "marble" derives from the Greek marmaros, meaning "shining stone."
Marble does not bear handling well, as it will absorb skin oils when touched, producing stains ranging from yellow to brown.
Marble sculpture is the art of creating three-dimensional forms from marble.
Pure white marble is a symbol of purity and immortality.