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Kinds of marble

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Some historically important kinds of marble, named after the locations of their quarries, include:
Parian from Greece
Penteli from Greece
Carrara from Italy
Proconnesus from Turkey
Macael from Spain
Makrana from India
Danby from Vermont
Yule from Colorado
White marbles, like Carrara, have been prized for sculpture since classical times. This preference has to do with the softness and relative isotropy and homogeneity, and a relative resistance to shattering. Also, the low index of refraction of calcite allows light to penetrate several millimeters into the stone before being scattered out, resulting in the characteristic "waxy" look which gives "life" to marble sculptures of the human body.

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