Finding different kinds of rocks - a geology project
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Identifying rocks

granite stairs
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To see the different kinds of rocks for yourself, take a walk around your town. Can you find examples of granite, limestone, slate, and marble on the buildings downtown? Can you find travertine? (this one might be more difficult).

Can you figure out why the architects chose each type of rock? Why use granite for stairs and not marble? Why is limestone a better choice for big blocks of stone than slate is?

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Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.
Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.
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