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Botticino

The close-up view of each stone type shows a relatively true image of the crystalline structure and the colouring. This is suitable for grained slabs to a limited extend only. In regard to the colour matching, please take an original sample of the stone from your furniture store as a basis.

Petrography

Cream to grey-beige limestone. White, round, oval or irregularly lengthened algae remnants and fractures of snail housings are imbedded in a micro-crystalline base material. The irregular run of light-brown to gold-brown, often jagged clay veins in the rock form a noticeable decorative element. Former pores spaces and shrinking fractures, which had been generated by solidification of the limestone, have been filled with transparent or white calcite. These characteristics can occur in enriched layers. In this way, different blocks can clearly differ in colour and texture. 

Petrogenesis

In the Southern Alps region, a shallow sea existed during the early Jurassic period, into which fine clay-containing lime sludge has been carried from the surrounding mountain ranges and deposited layer on top of layer. Slow, but steady sinking of the sediments and the continued deposition of new layers resulted in higher pressure and temperature conditions, so that the lime sludge compacted to limestone. Following lifting and lowering due to plate-tectonic movements, combined with volcanic activity, lead to forming of mountain ranges worldwide. Due to this, the Botticino-massif got to the earth surface.

Hardness Soft Stone
Structure Type Homogeneous Structure
Synonyms
Group Sediment rocks
Petrographic Assignment Limestone
Age 180 Million years (Lias)
Colouring Minerals Cream-coloured limestone
Average Hardness 3 (according to Mohs's hardness scale 1-10)
Deposit Italy, near Brescia