In almost every country around the world, stone and marble play an enormous role in the construction of buildings and statuary. Some of the most famous quarries from around the world are located in Tuscany, Italy, England, Greece and Vermont.
The purpose of mining rock and stone is to provide rock and stone materials for commercial and industrial use, as well as decorative usage. Trap Rock Industries in New Jersey mines quarry rock mainly for industrial use as commercial, paving, and asphalt mixing.
The most famous quarries in the world, like the ones in Italy, produce stone for sculpture and decorative building accessories. The quarry in England produces white limestone used in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, Eddystone Lighthouse and the facade of Waterloo Station.
At the Paros in Greece, fine grained marble of the calcitic composition is mines. Pentelic marble is white with streaks of gold. Sculptors prefer Paros marble due to its white translucence. Some of the most famous Greek sculptures like the statue of Nike and Antinous were created from Parian marble.
The attractive appearance of quarry stone was used for ancient Egyptian monuments. For example a rock temple stands at the Silsileh Quarry site in Egypt. Eighty percent of all egyptian temples and monuments are constructed from quarry stone of red, black, and grey granite.
Now days, there has been a resurgence of interest in quarry stone for a variety of residential and business uses such as countertops, pavers, entrance gates and garden sculptures. The world’s largest granite quarry is found in Mount Airy, North Carolina. It is the size of 66 football fields and can be viewed from space.
A quarry in Pakistan is famous for producing onyx. Poland quarries produce sandstone blocks, while Brazil produces Green Ubatuba quarry stone. India’s quarries mine soapstone.