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Travertin Römisch

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Travertine is one of the very few stone types, which are lacquered with a special stone protection because of their extreme absorbency. The surface receives a fine silky luster. The performance characteristics are similar to those of a lacquered wood surface.

Petrography

Travertine is porous limestone in layers, which has been deposited in inland water (wells, rivers, fresh water lakes). The most famous and largest travertine deposit is located between Bagni di Tivoli and Guidonia, to the west of Rome. The type Romano Classico is a light to medium brown, bright travertine with an indication of bands. Round to oval holes can be found lined up in layers, generated by crusts around water plants.

Petrogenesis

Travertine is fresh water lime, which has been generated by deposits of lime from the mineral-containing water on parts of plants and on the floor of a stretch of water. It is an earth historically young formation with thicknesses of up to 30 m. The lower layers have been compacted to such an extent by the superimposed younger layers that hardly any pores are left and they finally have converted into tight limestone; the original rock for crystalline metamorphous marble. 

Hardness Soft Stone
Structure Type Homogeneous Structure
Synonyms Roma Classico, Roma Tiburtinus, Travertino Classico
Group Sedimentary rock
Petrographic Assignment Limestone
Age 1 million years (Quaternary)
Colouring Minerals Lime
Average Hardness 3 (according to Mohs’s hardness scale 1-10)
Deposit Italy / Tivoli, near Rome