The Origin of Granite

Natural Granite

Granite will forever be one of the go-to materials for kitchen and bathroom countertops.

It is a timeless material that never fails to impress. Strong, durable, and beautiful, it has served countless homeowners very well over the years.

Before it is carved, cut, and molded into those stunning slabs you see in Premier Surfaces’ showrooms, this stone is first excavated from rock quarries in various parts of the world. The vast majority of granite used in residential and commercial applications comes from Central and South America, where one can find some of the grandest quarries in the world.

Where Does Granite Come From?

Archaeologists estimate that the first natural granite formations date back 300 million years ago, where the stone first originated as molten rock in the wake of volcanic activity at temperatures near 1,400 degrees Fahrenheit.

This activity occurred approximately 12 miles below Earth’s surface, where the rapidly cooling magma transformed into granite on its way outward. The natural shifts and erosion of the planet’s crust left behind the massive quarries that are still used today.

A number of major granite sites can be found in North America (the United States and Canada), but some of the larger ones are located in northern Europe and the mountainous regions of South America.

Granite is a unique stone because it is composed of various natural materials. The most notable of which are feldspar, mica and quartz. Mineral traces of biotite, pyroxene, hornblende and muscovite are also present in most of the slabs that are produced at Premier Surfaces, as these give granite its awe-inspiring and diversified colors. This is one of the reasons for granite’s sheer popularity as a kitchen countertop product; it is almost impossible to find two slabs that look alike.

Excavation and mining contractors drill and blast the stone from quarries in its raw form. It is then cut into large slabs and sent to a processing facility for sorting, grinding and polishing.

Further fabrication work is performed by distributors like Premier Surfaces, where each slab is customized to meet our customers’ individual needs.

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