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Granite is currently the monument builder's choice of material because of its availability, durability, manufacturability, and strength. Geologists put Granite in the Igneous Rock Category following Sedimentary Rock and Metamorphic Rock on the Earth's Rock Cycle. Basic mineral composition includes, Potassium Feldspar (pink to white), Quartz (clear to white), Plagioclase (white to gray), Biotite (black) and Amphibole (black). Granite replaced softer sedimentary rocks, such as marble, sandstone and limestone, as the monument builder's choice of materials, as advancements in manufacturing technology introduced the use of hydraulics, high pressure water and air, heat, carbide, industrial diamonds, and as of late, the laser. Transforming a huge piece of rough Granite into a beautifully shaped and polished monument is not a simple process. Technology is certainly an enabler; however, we credit the American Craftsmen who today design, saw, polish, sandblast, engrave, carve and etch their way to fame and prominence world wide. We all owe a great deal to the laborers, artisans, and sculptors who immigrated to the United States from Italy, Spain, and other European countries for their contributions to the stone industry in the United States and Canada.

We cannot leave Marble (Metamorphic Rock) out of this scenario because of its inherent beauty. Marble is harder than Sedimentary Rock but softer than Igneous Rock. The most famous art effects known throughout world are made of Marble.

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