Blue Eyes Granite
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Synonyms: Blu Eyes, Blue Eye, Blue Eys, Labrador Blue Eyes, Reflect Blue, Ten Mile Bay
Location: Blue Eyes granite is quarried near Nain, Paul Island, Newfoundland, Canada since 1991. This stone comes from the sub-arctic region of northern Labrador. It is quarried, to order, only four months of the year, weather permitting. Link to T.U.C. quarry website. The annual production is about 1500 m3.
Description: Blue Eyes granite is a medium-grained, light grey plagiochase feldspar anorthosite of the Precambrian period with only a few but intensive blue iridescent areas. This stone internationally may be nominated as a granite but in the area of application of the European Standard this stone must be nominated as anorthosite.
A small sample of Blue Eyes granite is not usually representative owing to a wide variation in colour and veining. Swatch samples must be approved for large projects to ensure that the blocks are all extracted from the same quarry face for matching purposes. Ideal for both interior and exterior use and Blue Eyes granite is frost free and polish constant.
Mineral Composition: Average by %:
Bulk Density: 2.74- 2.76 kg/dm3
Bending Strength: 16.7- 17.7 N/mm2
Compression breaking load: 192.3- 195.2 N/mm2
Water Absorption: 0.10- 0.12 weight %
Anorthosite: A phaneritic, intrusive igneous rock characterized by a predominance of plagioclase feldspar (90-100%), and a minimal mafic component (0-10%). Pyroxene, ilmenite, magnetite, and olivine are the mafic minerals most commonly present.