Marble main content.


Part of Hall of Planet Earth.

Marble AMNH/R.Mickens

Exhibition Text

Deep burial of calcium carbonate-bearing rocks results in metamorphism, or transformation, of limestone to marble.  This mechanism removes carbon from the surface reservoirs (atmosphere, ocean, soil, biosphere), locking it up for long periods of time.

Donated by Jonson Atelier, Mercerville, New Jersey

For Educators

Topic: Earth Science

Subtopic: Minerals and Resources

Keywords: Calcium carbonate, Carbon cycle (Biogeochemistry), Limestone, Marble, Metamorphism (Geology)

Audience: General