Story: Building stone

Schist wall (3rd of 3)

Schist wall

Flat slabs of schist are often used as an attractive facing stone. About 95% of schist is grey, but less common bands of pink, brown and green are used to give variety. This wall is in Greymouth, but the rock is probably from Otago.

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Simon Nathan and Bruce Hayward, 'Building stone - Types of building stone', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 February 2023)

Story by Simon Nathan and Bruce Hayward, published 12 Jun 2006