Where granite comes from
Most people know what a granite countertop is, but what exactly is the material known as granite? Well, it is an igneous rock that is made of various alkali materials such as feldspar and quartz, and it s formed on the Earth’s surface. Granite is a crystalline rock found across the globe in great heaps referred to as batholiths. The batholiths of granite can stretch for thousands of miles.
Granite slabs are a popular material for countertop designs, but they are also popular in monuments and other structures that are meant to last for generations. This is because it is one of the most durable materials that is found in abundance on the Earth’s surface. A granite countertop will more than likely consist of potash, feldspar and quartz. The color of the granite countertop varies from gray to red, which is usually determined by the amount of the potash and feldspar.
There are a few other factors that affect the color of a granite countertop. Granite with more glassy crystals in it will have a more bluish tint. Granite with darker minerals like hornblende, biotite mica and muscovite mica will also reflect darker tones. All granite is formed the same way, though, which is one of two theories that have been put forth by the scientific community One theory says that granite forms directly from molten lava. This theory states that granite forms when cooler rock materials come in contact with the molten lava. The other theory states that it is formed as a result of alterations in other rocks and that granite is metamorphic rock rather than an igneous rock.
Granite can be found on every continent of Earth, especially in places where the surface has been eroded. Granite often forms on the core of mountains that the Earth has pushed upwards through sheer force. Sometimes bodies of granite slabs are found in large outcroppings of rocks found in overhanging rock formations. The Appalachian Mountain range is mostly made of granite . Granite slabs are also found in the Ozark Mountains, the Black Hills and the front range of the Rocky Mountains. Granite is found in many other U.S. states such as California, Georgia, North Carolina, Minnesota, South Carolina, South Dakota and Virginia.
Granite slabs have been used as a building material for thousands of years, although it wasn’t discovered by Europeans until the 19th century. Ancient Egyptians used granite to make obelisks and decorate the homes of the upper class citizens. Granite is now used in building monuments, curbs for roads, tombstones, and as a structural element in buildings. Granite countertop designs are now the most popular choice for modern kitchens as well. Granite is such a beautiful and durable material that it will likely by “in style” for generations to come.