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Hanmer marble (2nd of 2)

Hanmer marble

The cover for a volume of The Dictionary of New Zealand biography features a close-up of Hanmer marble. This is the commercial name for a hard limestone in shades of pink or red that contains large shell fragments. It has been widely used for decorative panels. The colour is caused by small amounts of volcanic ash.

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Simon Nathan and Bruce Hayward, 'Building stone - Limestone and marble', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 July 2022)

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