Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Marble

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_1512

Marble is a metamorphic rock with a carbonate mineral content over 50%. It is mainly composed of recrystallized calcite and dolomite and small amounts of metamorphosed marker minerals, such as tremolite, diopside, serpentine, phlogopite, scapolite, olivine, wollastonite and quartz. It generally has a granoblastic and flaky structure. It is formed by the regional metamorphism or thermal contact metamorphism of carbonate rocks (limestone and dolomite).

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