What Is Marble Used For?

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Marble is used for kitchen counters and kitchen counter inserts. It's also used for backsplashes, table tops, bathroom vanity tops, flooring, stairsteps and wall tiles, and it is sometimes used for statuary and in building construction. Marble is also used in cosmetics, papermaking and in the pharmaceutical industry.

White marble is powdered and added to paint to brighten it. Powdered marble is also fed to livestock as a calcium supplement and used as an abrasive in cleansers. Crushed marble is used in landscaping. Marble is also used in gravestones and monument stones, and it's also heated to produce lime, which sweetens acidic soil.