Zebrino Apuano Marble
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Synonyms: Cippolino Zebrino
Location: Zebrino Apuano marble is quarried near Carrara, Massa-Carrara, Toscana, Italy.
Description: Zebrino Apuano marble is a compact, non-porous, medium to fine-grained, lithotype, schistose marble of the Jurassic period, with green-grey, white, brown and dark decoration. This stone internationally may be nominated as a marble and in the area of application of the European Standard this stone must be nominated as marble.
A small sample of Zebrino Apuano marble is not 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. Zebrino Apuano marble is frost resistant, ideal for both interior and exterior use however polish is only constant inside.
Mineral Composition: Average by %:
Calcshist: A metamorphosed argillaceous limestone with a schistose structure produced by parallelism of platy minerals.
Marble: Is a metamorphosed limestone, composed of very pure calcium carbonate, CaCO3. The softness of marble and its relative isotropy and homogeneity make marble very desirable for sculpture and building stone. Although marble comes from limestone, the temperatures and pressures necessary to form marble usually destroy any fossils that may have been present in the limestone.