Fun Facts and Things You Didn’t Know About Your New Granite Countertops

You can’t go anywhere or look online without seeing stories and pictures relating to granite countertops in Mesa, AZ. Granite shows up in kitchens and bathrooms and even on hearths and floors. Granite is chosen for more remodels than marble and quartz. Would you like to learn some fun facts and things you never knew about granite?

Fun Facts

Granite composes the earth’s crust. It’s over 300 million years old. Feldspar encompasses 60% of the earth’s rock, and flecks of it appear in granite. The word “granite” comes from the Latin word “granum,” a coarse grain, and granite is so named due to its packed crystals in grainy patterns.

Granite is the hardest substance on the planet after diamond. Its history in construction dates from Egyptian times. The Statue of Liberty stands on a granite pedestal. Mount Rushmore was sculpted out of pure granite.

Did You Know?

Everyone knows about Stonehenge in England, but it’s only one of the groups of standing stones in the world. The Almendres Cromlech, in Portugal, has existed since around 6,000 BCE. It’s a circular set of granite stones that is still standing.

The next time you go rock climbing, notice what you’re stepping on. Granite is safe and sturdy, so the next time you hit the park or an indoor center with a climbing wall, notice the granite you’re about to embrace. For outdoor adventures with granite, check out El Capitan and Half Dome in Yosemite National Park if you enjoy rock climbing.

Granite is formed from lava and/or magma. Magma remains in the earth and comprises minerals found around it. One is quartz. Granite is 60% quartz, one of the hardest minerals around. Quartz is either white or colorless, leaving other minerals to color the granite. You won’t find granite countertops in Mesa in solid white, either; it will have gray streaks or flecks.

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