Mount Airy White Granite From United States Of America
Please click on image to enlargen, this is an average sample only. Your monitor settings may affect appearance.
Description: Mount Airy White granite is a coarse-grained, light grey monzogranite of the Precambrian period. This stone internationally may be nominated as a granite however in the area of application of the European Standard this stone must be nominated as a monzogranite. A small sample of Mount Airy White granite is usually representative not having a wide variation in colour and veining however swatch samples must be approved for large projects to ensure that the blocks are all extracted from the same quarry face for matching purposes. During the polishing process a clear epoxy resin filler may be used to fill any micro fissures or tiny pitting however this does not affect the integrity of the stone, it merely provides an even smoother surface finish. Mount Airy White Granite is suitable for both interior and exterior use futhermore is frost resistant and with a constant polish.
Products: Suitable for construction projects both commercial and domestic, prefabricated countertops/worktops, vanities, tiles, backsplashes, paving, fireplaces and memorials.
Surface Finish: Mount Airy White Granite looks best with a gloss polished surface but is also available as honed, leather/satin, river-washed/antique, thermal/flamed, brushed and sandblast finish.
Sealing: Test with a small sample. It is possible that a sealant can be used on Mount Airy White granite however excessive attempts at sealing it could actually create a residue film build-up.
Block Sizes: This is a quarry yielding selectable, grades of granite with blocks suitable for gangsaw size down to economical tile-sized blocks. For commercial projects it is important to ensure that blocks are selected from the same quarry face.
Rough blocks are usually exported by Break Bulk however intermodal containerisation is available at extra cost. Finished products are packed into sea-worthy wooden crates and loaded into containers.
Quarry Location: Mount Airy White granite is quarried at Mount Airy Quarry, North Carolina, U.S.A. Quarrying began in 1743, it has been designated the "World’s Largest Open Faced Quarry" however this is open to question since it seems to be a self-appointed designation and at 1/2 mile x 1 mile we feel sure there are much larger quarries.
Synonyms: Argentina White, Arghentina White, Caesar White, Cesar, White Mount Airy Granite®
Monzogranite: Biotite granite rocks that are considered to be the final fractionation product of magma. Monzogranites are characteristically felsic, weakly peraluminous, and contain ilmenite, sphene, apatite and zircon as accessory minerals. Although the compositional range of the monzogranites is small, it defines a differentiation trend that is essentially controlled by biotite and plagioclase fractionation. Monzogranites can be divided into two groups (magnesio-potassic monzogranite and ferro-potassic monzogranite) and are further categorized into rock types based on their macroscopic characteristics, melt characteristics, specific features, available isotopic data, and the locality in which they are found.
Mineral Composition: Average by % Anhedral Feldspar, Quartz, Albite, Tartan (Microcline), Carlsbad, Biotite, Muscovite
Absorption (%): 0.18
Density (lb/cf): 164.00
Flexural Strength, Dry (psi): 2,557
Modulus of Rupture, Dry (psi): 2,097
Compressive Strength, Dry (psi): 34,789
Hardness (Moh's Scale):
Note: These figures and details are given for guidance purposes only, no reliance should be taken as to their accuracy.