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Sandstone

Sandstone is a sedimentary rock composed of sand-sized grains. Often banded in appearance, sandstone is one of the most common types of sedimentary rock and is found throughout the world. It is often mined for use as a construction material or as a raw material used in manufacturing. This stone can be cut, polished and carved for a variety of both practical and ornamental purposes.

Colors

Tan, Brown, Yellow, Red, Gray, Pink, White, Black

  • Sandstone classification

    CommonName
    Sandstone
    Species
    Sandstone
    Variety
    Colors
    Tan, Brown, Yellow, Red, Gray, Pink, White, Black
    AlternateNames
    Arenite
    GemstoneGroups
    KeySeparations
    Appearance
    ClassificationComments
    Sandstone is a sedimentary rock composed of sand sized grains and usably is banded in appearance. Sandstone is soft and easy to carve but resistant to weathering.
  • Sandstone chemistry & crystallography

    ChemicalName
    mostly quartz and feldspar
    ChemicalFormula
    Synthesis
    CrystalSystem
    NA
    ChemistryClassification
    Rock
    Nature
    Natural
    Crystallinity
    Aggregate
    ChemistryComments
  • Sandstone optical properties

    Transparency
    Opaque
    Dispersion
    Strength: none
    OpticalComments
    RefractiveIndex
    Birefringence
    OpticCharacter
    NA
    OpticSign
    NA
    PolariscopeReaction
    Fluorescence
    SWUV:
    LWUV:
    CCFReaction
    Pleochroism
    None
  • Sandstone characteristic physical properties

    Hardness
    4
    CharacteristicComments
    Streak
    SpecificGravity
    Toughness
    Inclusions
    Luster
    Dull
    Stability
    Fracture
    Cleavage
    None