Bateig Azul Limestone
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Synonyms: Azul Bateig, Azul Castilla, Azul Oasis, Bateig Blau, Bateig Blue, Iber Blue Limestone, Oasis Blue, Piedra Bateig Azul, Piedra de Bateig Azul
Location: Bateig Azul limestone is quarried near Elda, Alicante, Valencia, Spain.
Description: Bateig Azul Limestone is a fine-grained, blue-grey to beige-grey limestone (calcarenite) of the Cretaceous period. This stone internationally may be nominated as a marble but in the area of application of the European Standard this stone must be nominated as limestone.
A small sample of Bateig Azul limestone is usually representative owing to a little variation in 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. Bateig Azul limestone is ideal for both interior and exterior use however polishing is not possible.
Mineral Composition: Average by %:
Limestone: A sedimentary rock, mainly composed of mineral calcite. The primary source of the calcite is usually marine organisms, which settle out of the water column and are deposited on the ocean floors as pelagic ooze (but see lysocline for information on calcite dissolution). Secondary calcite may also be deposited in super-saturated meteoric waters, as is evidenced by the creation of stalagmites and stalactites.