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What Is Granite?

Granite is a coarse, medium or fine grained intrusive igneous rock which is rich in quartz and feldspar. It is the most common plutonic rock of the Earth’s crust, which was formed by the cooling of silica melt at depth and is found throughout the world.
The most common granite used in this area for monuments is quarried from – Vermont, Canada, South Dakota, Wisconsin, South Africa and India. There are also quarries located in Finland, China and the Ukraine. The closest quarry to this area is in Barre, VT and they offer public tours, which we have found to be very interesting and educational.
For example, there are only 2 substances harder than granite, and they are diamond and carbide. Only 15% of all granite quarried is of a quality grade good enough to be used for monuments, all other granite is used in building facia, floor tile, countertops, tables, curbs and other products.