Sandstone Facts

Sandstone Facts
Sandstone is a type of rock that forms when grains of sand are compacted together over significant periods of time. Normally this sand is rich is quartz but can also contain other minerals and materials such as calcium carbonate and silica. Sandstone comes in a variety of colors including red, yellow, gray, and brown.
Interesting Sandstone Facts:
Sandstone is found in a variety of places depending on its type.
Brownstone, a type of sandstone, was used to build homes in certain areas after the Civil War.
Sandstone is a type of sedimentary rock.
Sandstone has been used to make housewares since prehistoric time.
Sandstone is a versatile building structure and has been used to construct buildings, statues, and fountains.
Sandstone is popular in constructing buildings because it is resistant to weathering.
Sandstone can form under the sea or on land.
It is common to find natural gas in sandstone because sandstone is porous and traps it.
Grindstone wheels, which are used for sharpening, are made of sandstone.
Sandstone can be categorized into three groups: arkosic, quartzose, and argillaceous.
Because sandstone is porous it can serve as a filter in nature by filtering out pollutants from running water.
Sandstone is often broken down and used as industrial sand.
Groundwater can be transported by underground sandstone.
Underground sandstone is drilled and pumped as a good source for groundwater.
Sandstone rock can take thousands of years to form.

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