Test Your Knowledge: How Much Do You Know About Granite?

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Are you ready, Bloomington? This time around, Northstar Granite Top’s hosting “Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader: Granite Edition.” There are many reasons why granite is the superior choice for all your kitchen, bathroom and home office remodeling needs. Some of those reasons may be stored way back in the recesses of your memory, with the rest of what you learned in fifth grade. But today, we’re putting your granite knowledge to the test. Let’s see if we can jog your memory. No cheating! Read along and see how many of the questions you can answer!

Q: How was granite utilized in Ancient Egypt?
A: Granite was used in Ancient Egypt as a building material.
Granite has been around for thousands of years! It was used in Ancient Egypt to build temples, tombs, sarcophagi, shrines – you name it! But, most famously, granite was used to help build the pyramids that are still around today. How’s THAT for durable?

Q: Where does granite fall on Mohs Scale of Hardness?
A: Trick question! (We’ll accept the answer: somewhere between 6 and 7.)
We have to keep you on your toes! Mohs Scale of Hardness is used to compare the hardness of minerals, not rocks. It is a scale, from 1 to 10, detailing which minerals are easily scratched. Diamonds are a 10 on Mohs Scale of Hardness, just to give you an idea. Granite is primarily made up of quartz (Mohs 7) and feldspar (Mohs 6). This composition makes it tougher than the average bear.

Q: What is the world’s largest stone structure?
A: The Washington Monument located in Washington, D.C.
The Washington Monument was completed in 1884 to pay tribute to our first president, George Washington. It is comprised of granite, marble and gneiss. The Washington Monument pays tribute to a remarkable man and it is an important structure in our nation’s history. Talk about eye catching!

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If you live near Bloomington, granite can be the perfect natural stone choice for your home remodeling needs. Call us today at 320-963-8677 or Request an Estimate to get started on your granite project!