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Chocolate Marble

Despite its delicious sounding name, chocolate marble is not edible. The rock gains its confectionary-like moniker purely from its appearance, which is a characteristic deep brown. Two of the best-known occurrences of chocolate marble are found in North America, one of which is located in Tennessee and the other of which is located in Ontario, Canada. Attractive and fine-grained, the marble deposits found in these locations tend to be well layered, facilitating their natural breakage into slabs that are ideal for cutting into building stones. Indeed, chocolate marble quarried from Tennessee deposits has been utilized in the construction of many important buildings and monuments, such as the Tennessee State Capitol building and the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.


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