Marble Facts: Lesson for Kids

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  • 0:04 What Is Marble?
  • 0:45 How Does Marble Form?
  • 1:23 Where Is Marble Found?
  • 1:42 How Is Marble Used?
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Instructor: Tiffany Hightower

Tiffany is a certified elementary school teacher. She has a B.A. in English, education certification and a master's degree in education from Central Michigan University.

Marble is a beautiful stone found on Earth. It comes in many different colors and patterns. In this lesson, you'll learn about marble, where it is found, how it forms, and how it is used.

What's Marble?

Have you ever noticed beautiful, white, stone statues or sculptures at museums or fancy buildings? You may have also noticed this stunning stone at homes on floors, stairways, counters, or on a gorgeous fireplace. This elegant stone or rock is called marble.

Marble is a type of natural stone found on Earth and is usually white, although different colors and patterns may be found in it.

The different color lines on it can look like they were painted on the marble. But actually, these designs are already IN the marble when it is found and mined!

Even though marble is usually white, it can also come in a variety of colors and designs including black, yellowish-brown, blue-gray, green, pink, and red.

How Does Marble Form?

Marble is a metamorphic rock, which means it has gone through a metamorphosis, or a change. This change happens when heat and pressure that naturally happens inside or on Earth's surface changes a rock over thousands of years.

Marble starts out as limestone rock, which is made of hardened fossils, and then heat and pressure changes it into marble. In nature, marble can develop to be very large rocks, up to hundreds of feet in size!

Marble is made of tiny minerals called calcite or dolomite. Sometimes, small amounts of other minerals like quartz and mica are found in marble, which gives it various natural colors, patterns, or designs.

Where is Marble Found?

Marble is found in various places around the world, including India, Greece, Spain, Turkey, Italy, and the United States of America. Marble companies go to these places to find marble as enormous rocks in its natural state. Then, the marble is cut into slabs or smaller pieces to be used in construction or in art.

How is Marble Used?

Marble is a very hard stone with many uses. It can be polished to look very smooth, shiny, and beautiful. Therefore, marble is used to create art and to beautify homes, hotels, buildings, and royal castles.

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