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TitleLee Marble (dolomitic), from Lee, Massachusetts, USA
DescriptionTypical limestones are dominated by calcite, but many contain dolomite. Some are nearly 100% dolomite. When limestones are metamorphosed to produce marble, the dominant carbonate does not change. This marble, mostly dolomite, was first mined in the 1850s. The Lee marble is an exceptionally tough marble and has been used as building stone in many places, including the base of the Washington Monument. It is also a common marble used for gravestones, especially at Arlington National Cemetary and other military grave sites. The specimen shown is 9-10 cm across.
LocationUSA ▹ Massachusetts. Near Lee.
PhotographerNessa Eull. 2001-05-22.
CollectionWard’s University Rock Collection #172.
Key wordsdolomitic marble, marble, Massachusetts
Tech details602 KB. Hand specimen. Fujifilm FinePix S1Pro digital camera; 60mm AF Nikon micro lens.
GeoDIL number505