Black Rock – Granite Colors
Granite colors are most commonly pink, white, variations of grey and black. You may be an amateur geologist, just curious, or looking for your new granite countertops.
Regardless of the reason, you’ll be amazed at the vast varieties of different granites. Granite is one of the most commonly known types of rocks, used in everything from buildings to sculptures. It has been used for thousands of years and is regarded as a symbol of status, strength, and durability. Granite is an intrusive igneous rock with large grains (minerals) easily seen by the naked eye.Granite colors are most commonly pink, white, variations of grey and black. However, it’s important to note that some stones marketed as black ‘granite’ are in fact likely gabbro as granite must contain at least 20% quartz within a rock to make it granite. The gradual cooling of molten rock is imperative to create the large crystals of a singular mineral that we see in granites. With time, there is differential lithification or solidifying of molten rock dependent on chemical makeup, this allows for different types of minerals to form at different periods of time and alter the final resulting granite. Therefore, the size of individual grains is proportional to how slowly the molten rock was cooled. Extrusive rocks cool during a volcanic eruption and allow no time for orientation of minerals, creating a homogenous looking rock with no discernible grains.
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