Marble

Virtual Museum ID: 19-AME930

Specimen Summary


Marble is a type of rock that forms when carbonate rocks like limestone or dolostone are metamorphosed, or transformed by high temperatures and pressures. Marble is made mainly of the minerals calcite and dolomite. It is usually white, sometimes with thin bands or swirls of colour if the original rock contained layers of mud, clay, sand or silt. It can occur in different colours if different impurities like iron are present. Marble has been used mainly in construction and stone masonry throughout human history

This sample is from the Kootenay region of southeastern BC.

As seen in this sample, marble sometimes has small void spaces or cavities. These can form when slightly acidic fluids percolate through the rock, dissolving some of the rock as they flow through it. Later, other fluids can flow through these spaces, precipitating minerals like calcite, the white mineral seen in the hotspot images in this sample.

Specimen Data

 

The information listed below relates to the current holding location or collection that the sample is from, and whether the item is viewable at that location or is part of a private collection. Coordinates are given as guides, and we remind you that collecting specimens from these locations is not allowed. Caution is advised visiting such sites and Below BC assumes no responsibility for any injuries or trespassing charges that may occur as a result of the viewer entering these sites.

Collection Details

Original Collection:

Association for Mineral Exploration (AME)

Sub Collection:

-

Collection ID:

AME-930

Virtual Museum ID:

19-AME930

Accessibility:

Date Added to VM:

2018-02-15

Location Information

Sample Origin:

Kootenay Region

Specific Site:

unknown

UTM Easting:

676039.6305

UTM Northing:

5440484.142

Datum:

11 (NAD 83)

Coordinate Accuracy:

Approximate

Specimen Details

VM Category:

Rock

Primary Features:

Marble

Primary Mineral Formula:

CaCO3

Primary Category:

carbonate

Secondary Features:

Advanced Geological Information

 

The following section provides geological data relating to the specimen or the site it was collected from, when available. Information has been obtained from various sources including private and government datasets but may not be up to date. Any geological time periods or ages listed often relate to the primary geology of the area, and may not be the actual date of an event such as mineral formation.

Geological Formation:

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Geological Period:

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Stratigraphic Age:

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Geological Belt:

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Geological Terrane:

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Minfile ID:

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Minfile Link:

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Site Details:

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