4 Marble Texture (Seamless-Tileable) DrCG No 80
How do you distinguish between limestone and marble?
The main difference between limestone and marble is that limestone is a sedimentary rock, typically composed of calcium carbonate fossils, and marble is a metamorphic rock. Limestone forms when shells, sand, and mud are deposited at the bottom of oceans and lakes and over time solidify into rock.
Marble forms when sedimentary limestone is heated and squeezed by natural rock-forming processes so that the grains recrystallize.
If you look closely at a limestone, you can usually see fossil fragments (for example, bits of shell) held together by a calcite matrix.
Limestone is more porous than marble, because there are small openings between the fossil fragments. Marble is usually light colored and is composed of crystals of calcite locked together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Marble may contain colored streaks that are inclusions of non-calcite minerals.