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Marble starts its existence as a limestone compound, then it transforms into marble by a process of intense heating at high temperatures within the core of the earth which changes its mineral composition to form marble’s unique coloring and decorative character.
Marble is commonly used for internal and external wall cladding purposes, landscaping applications such as patio, swimming pool and walkway tiles or pavers. Marble tile is also used to decorate residential fireplaces and bathrooms. Commercial applications of marble are, hotel foyer decoration, table tops, counter tops, bathrooms and kitchens.
White marble has been prized for its use in sculptures since classical times. This preference has to do with its softness, which made it easier to carve, relative isotropy and homogeneity, and a relative resistance to shattering. Also, the low index of refraction of calcite allows light to penetrate several millimeters into the stone before being scattered out, resulting in the characteristic waxy look which gives "life" to marble sculptures of any kind, which is why many sculptors preferred and still prefer marble for sculpting.
The Taj Mahal in India is made entirely of marble.