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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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    Brickeys Stone Company
    13588 Brickeys Rd, Bloomsdale, MO 63627
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    (573) 483-3518
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    Central Stone
    3224 N Highway 67, Florissant, MO 63033
    Pope Institute is a national elder care and aging in place consulting firm headquartered in St. Louis Missouri. The mission of Pope Institute is to prompt change in the elder care system through empowering consumers and encouraging strategic elder care planning.
    (314) 830-9000
    Marietta Martin Aggregates
    521 Quarry Ln, Perryville, MO 63775
    (573) 547-8844
    Neely's Landing Quarry
    600 Ne Quarry Dr, Jackson, MO 63755
    (573) 339-5800
    Strack Stone Co-Lodi
    1169 Hc 1 Box, Silva, MO 63964
    (573) 224-3621
    Strack Stone Co
    5120 State Highway 74, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
    (573) 335-9430
    West County Quarry
    8181 State Route C, Sainte Genevieve, MO 63670
    (573) 483-3700
    Base Rock Materials
    10641 State Route O, Sainte Genevieve, MO 63670
    (573) 483-2252
    Southeast Missouri Stone Co
    1208 S Kingshighway St, Cape Girardeau, MO 63703
    (573) 334-6032
    Missouri Red Quarry Inc
    1977 County Road 96, Ironton, MO 63650
    (573) 546-3430
    Graniteville Quarry LLC
    1952 County Road 96, Ironton, MO 63650
    (573) 546-3383
    West Limestone Quarry
    21 Highway W, Ironton, MO 63650
    (573) 546-3101
    Big River Quarry
    1531 State Highway 8, Park Hills, MO 63601
    (573) 562-2058
    Base Rock Minerals
    6801 Vo Tech Rd, Bonne Terre, MO 63628
    (573) 358-1686
    Lead Belt Materials
    6649 Old Bonne Terre Rd, Bonne Terre, MO 63628
    (573) 358-1111

    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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