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From the Megalithic Temples of Malta to the Great Pyramids of Giza, great stone structures like these have withstood the ravages of time. What may surprise you most is the fact that these magnificent structures are made entirely of limestone. There are many good reasons for that, all of which should be considered the next time you want to build your own stone structure outside.
Limestone Is a Common and Easily Harvested Rock
You are not asking to build a structure out of diamonds, which would take far too long and be too costly anyway. You are requesting a structure made from a type of rock that is not only quite common, but also easily harvested. Many quarries around the country are able to exhume and harvest limestone, since at its most base form limestone is all of the fossilized elements of the sea. At one point, most of the earth was covered in water, and as land forced its way upward, the fossilized remains of sea creatures made the limestone layers. That is why it is such a common rock. As for easily harvested, it is closest to the surface in areas where the Great Glaciers pushed away the top layers of soil (e.g., large parts of Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota).
Limestone Is Very Hard
If you have ever seen the cremated remains of a human or animal, then you know that bones are so hard they cannot disintegrate, even in the hottest of flames. Since bones make up limestone, they lend this hardness to the rock. This is why so many limestone structures still stand. They simply cannot break or fall apart as easily as other types of rock.
Limestone Is Naturally Colored
Depending on where the limestone is harvested, other bits of rock influence the limestone's natural color. The silica and sands of Egypt, for example, cause the limestone there to be more yellow to light orange. If you want your outdoor structure to made from a particular color of limestone, then you can ask your contractor to look for and purchase that specific color of limestone. You can get white, light gray, dark gray, marbled (which is fascinating, considering that limestone does become marble over time!), black yellow, brown and even reddish hues. It generally does not fade or change color with age either, making it a very versatile and natural stone with which to work. For more information, contact a company like Small's Sand Gravel Inc.