Episode 3: Assorted spanish stones
A nomination for the Global Heritage stone resource. It is quarried in the Sierra de Guadarrama foothills, the province of Madrid. This is the best granite in Spain.
(Alpedrete Monzogranite - Granite of Spain)
It is a stone with excellent petrophysical properties and has proven durability. This granite is quarried in the Spanish central range and today, it is known as Blanco Rafaela.
Dolomite, also known as Dolostone, is a sedimentary rock composed primarily of the mineral dolomite, CaMg(Co3)2. It is found in sedimentary basins, worldwide. It is formed by lime and mud limestone by magnesium-rich groundwater.
(Dolomite - Spain Mineral Specimen)
Limestone is one of the traditional construction stones, mostly used in Madrid. It is known for its long term durability.
Flint is a sedimentary cryptocrystalline form of the mineral quartz. Its usage dates back to millions of years. It was one of the first materials used to make tools by early people. They form as concretionary masses and less frequently as a layered deposit. It is called ‘Chert’ by geologists. In older days firearms, Flint was used as a source of the fire.
Flint is also a gemstone that is very durable and it accepts a bright polish and appears in attractive colours. It was the first construction material of Spain. Flintstones resist weathering better than almost any other natural stone.
The character and the value of modern and historic buildings lie in the quality of their materials and no other stone is more versatile and noble than the Quartz Phyllite. This is from the quarries of Bernardo’s, Spain, a world-class slate for its high quartz content. This is one stone with infinite possibilities. In construction, the multicolour Bernardos slate stones get the appearance of Aged textures, you make roof tiles, you get cobbles, you get split face tiles. Get it Sawn finished, polished, Riven, etc at the hands of Fabricators.
(Quartz Phyllite of Spain)
With its ten slate districts, Spain is the most important producer of slate worldwide.