A quarry is a place from which dimension stone, rock, construction aggregate, riprap, sand, gravel, or slate has been excavated from the ground. A quarry is the same thing as an open-pit mine from which minerals are extracted. The only non-trivial difference between the two is that open-pit mines that produce building materials and dimension stone are commonly referred to as quarries. The word quarry can also include the underground quarrying for stone, such as Bath stone.
1 Types of rock 2 Slabs 3 Problems
4 In Art and Literature 5 See also 6 References 7 External links
Types of rock Types of rock extracted from quarries include:
Slabs Many quarry stones such as marble, granite, limestone, and sandstone are cut into larger slabs and removed from the quarry. The surfaces are polished and finished with varying degrees of sheen or luster. Polished slabs are often cut into tiles or countertops and installed in many kinds of residential and commercial properties. Natural stone quarried from the earth is often considered a luxury and tends to be a highly durable surface, thus highly desirable. Problems
Extraction work in a marble quarry in Carrara, Italy.
Quarries in level areas with shallow groundwater or which are located
close to surface water often have engineering problems with drainage.
Generally the water is removed by pumping while the quarry is
operational, but for high inflows more complex approaches may be
required. For example, the
An abandoned limestone quarry in Rummu, Estonia.
In Art and Literature
In her response to an engraving entitled Waterfall and Stone Quarry,
Letitia Elizabeth Landon
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External links Media related to Quarries at Wikimedia Commons
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