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White Marble

Due to its mineral content, marble may suffer corrosion from acid fumes and water, but, nevertheless, the rock is remarkably durable. A testament to this fact is the Greek Parthenon, one of the greatest monuments ever constructed. Built as a temple of Athena in the mid-fifth century BC, this impressive edifice was designed to house a huge statue of the goddess. More than 100 feet wide and 225 feet long, the Parthenon and all of the sculptures and artistic wonders it contained were fabricated from Pentelic marble, a pure white variety from Mt. Pentelicus in Attica. Although the temple has suffered some damage over the course of history, its basic structure remains relatively unscathed.

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