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Quarries are a great place to find stone building material. A quarry is an open pit mine that has usually been excavated well below sea level to get to the rock beneath. Some quarries are as deep as a tall building, and once these mines are abandoned they usually fill with water and become lakes. There are different types of quarries based on what type of rock they excavate. The following terms are common stones that a quarry will produce.

  • Marble – A metamorphic rock usually made of calcite. Marble is used in many famous buildings, such as the Taj Mahal, and classical sculptures and comes in many different colors, from pure white to near black.
  • Limestone – A sedimentary rock also commonly used for building materials. The Great Pyramids were built in limestone blocks.
  • Granite – A igneous rock that is one of the most durable types of stone in the world. Granite can be cut and polished into a variety of colors and is used for construction projects, especially outdoors because of its ability to withstand the elements.
  • Chalk – A soft white sedimentary rock that because of its softer nature, has many uses in its powdered form, but isn't very useful in construction unless it is mixed with other substances.
  • Slate – A metamorphic rock that is traditionally used for slate roofs.
  • Gravel – While gravel can occur naturally in river beds, gravel is also a by-product of quarries. Gravel is crushed pebble size pieces of rock, usually from limestone or sandstone and is used for paving roads. As of 2006 the United States is the leading producer and consumer of gravel.
  • Sand – Like gravel, sand can occur naturally but it can also be a by-product of quarries. Sand has a variety of uses, from agricultural to constructional.
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    Bj Krider & Sons
    460 Balfour Quarry Rd, Granite Quarry, NC 28072
    We are a wrecking and demolition company, as well as scrap metal buyers. We offer services in metal torching, rocking quarry, site cleanups, and much more!
    (704) 232-3213
    Radford Quarries of Boone Inc
    5605 Bamboo Rd, Boone, NC 28607
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    (828) 264-7008
     
    User Review: "Great place to buy materials very friendly people thank you for being there for everyone in the high country. Skip taylor"
    Alleghany Stone LLC
    367 Arbor Ln, Glade Valley, NC 28627
    Our quarry is professional and ready to handle all of your stone needs. We offer crushed rock, crushed stone, crushed aggregates and more. We cater to contractors looking for building materials such as crushed stone.
    (336) 372-5222
    Martin Marietta Maiden Quarry
    1575 W Maiden Rd, Maiden, NC 28650
    (828) 428-4915
    Marietta Martin Aggregates
    4965 N Highway 16, Denver, NC 28037
    (704) 483-5484
    Alexander Quarry
    531 Duncan Ln, Hiddenite, NC 28636
    (828) 635-8080
    Lake Norman Quarry
    6941 Quarry Ln, Stanley, NC 28164
    (704) 827-8480
    Overcash Gravel & Grading
    Huntersville, NC 28078
    (704) 439-0700
    Kannapolis Quarry
    2270 China Grove Rd, China Grove, NC 28023
    (704) 932-4379
    Marietta Martin Aggregates
    8611 Concord Mills Blvd, Concord, NC 28027
    (704) 786-8415
    Marietta Martin Aggregates
    136 Beam Ln, Bessemer City, NC 28016
    (704) 629-4128
    Vulcan Materials Co
    11020 David Taylor Dr Ste 105, Charlotte, NC 28262
    (704) 549-1540
    Mallard Creek Quarry
    575 E Mallard Creek Church Rd, Charlotte, NC 28262
    (704) 547-9775
    Martin Marietta Aggregates
    1325 Bradford Mountain Rd, Lenoir, NC 28645
    (828) 754-3077
    Bv Hendrick & Gravel
    120 N Church St, Salisbury, NC 28144
    (704) 633-4243


    Quarries are loud, active places where rock is crushed using a variety of methods, such as dynamite or machines. To excavate rock, many methods must be employed, usually involving heavy machinery and explosives to break up big blocks and chunks of rock in the earth. Crucial to the mining and excavation industries, quarries are essentially open pits where rock such as limestone and marble is extracted. These rocks, some more delicate than others, are used in the production of minerals and materials ranging from slate to coal. Different quarries may specialize in mining different materials, such as chalk and clay, or even gypsum and sandstone. Blasting, drilling and other techniques are employed by workers to excavate mined materials such as granite. Masons and contractors frequently buy from quarry companies, as they need gravel, mortar sand, marble, and other natural stone for their building projects. Many safety precautions must be taken, as this business is extremely dangerous. Old, closed quarries have also been historically used among kids as swimming holes, also a dangerous, not to mention illegal, option. They often develop in and around lakes, and fill with water. Aggregate products such as cement, mulch, and crushed stone are other examples of important commodities that quarries produce. Typical customers of quarries include retail home improvement stores, contractors, gardeners, and landscapers. The supplies created by rock quarries are most often used in building and paving capacities. Quarries are usually found through business referrals or by a quick telephone or online directory search. With services ranging from equipment rentals and contractor referrals to delivery and on-site consultation, a quarry company can serve many purposes in a community.
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