Quartzite Facts

Quartzite Facts
Quartzite is a type of sandstone that contains quartz. Quartzite is nonporous with a smooth fracture when broken. Although it would seem their surface would be grainy, quartzite has a smooth surface.
Interesting Quartzite Facts:
Quartzite is the result of sandstone and the mineral quartz being put under extreme heat and pressure.
At least ninety percent of a quartzite rock is quartz.
Quartzite is usually white or a light shade of pink or gray.
Mountains and hillsides are typical places to find quartzite.
Quartzite tends to be smooth with a grainy and lustrous appearance.
The purest form of silica found on Earth can be found in quartzite.
Bricks and other strong building material are made of quartzite.
Quartzite tends to be very strong and thick so it is taken from the Earth's surface rather than mined underground.
The shade of quartzite is dependent upon the amount of iron oxide that is present.
Hilltops made of quartzite usually do not change because quartzite is resistant to weathering.
The bedding around railroad tracks often contains quartzite because of its durability.
Quartzite is very versatile in construction and is used as flooring, decorative wall coverings, and roofing.
During the Stone Age when flint was not available, quartzite was often used as a replacement.
Quartzite can be found in many countries including Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Because of the high amount of silica in quartzite, the soil around the developing quartzite does not have enough nutrients to sustain vegetation.


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