A Geological Treasure ~ Sylacauga’s Marble

January / February 2013

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MarbleAlabama is well known for its signature red clay soil, but what you may not know is that it’s also home to some of the best marble in the world. Sylacauga, has the world’s largest commercial deposit of madre cream marble, measuring 32 miles long, a mile and a half wide, and 400 feet deep. This geological treasure runs from the Coosa River to southeast of Talladega and has been quarried since shortly after it was discovered in the 1830s. The marble is fine-grained and nearly pure calcite, which is why this marble mimics the flawless white stone in Carrara, Italy. One of the biggest contributions to the marble industry of Sylacauga was made by Giuseppi Moretti of Sienna, Italy. It seems unlikely that an Italian sculptor...


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