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Marble extraction operations

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This image is of Marble extraction operations near Kishangarh, Rajasthan, India Latitude / Longtitude:(26°35’N, 74°52E)

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Rajasthan is an important region for marble production, and is well known for the quality and variety of its marble.  The word “marble” is used for rocks that are easy to shape.  These are usually compact calcareous rock quarried from open-cast workings.  The variations and colours of the marble are due to the presence of other minerals within the rock.  Marble is a well-known material which has been used from ancient times in buildings such as the Taj Mahal and the Parthenon.  In Rajasthan marble extraction involves serious environmental problems.  In 2002 a judicial enquiry called for the closure of nearly 600 quarries which were damaging the local environment, but these closures were halted following an appeal.  However from now on, no new quarries may be opened.  The region is subject to drought and has considerable unemployment, but the extraction and cutting of marble, which employs nearly 100,000 people, uses a considerable proportion of the limited artesian reserves.  In Kishangarh district two million farmers have to buy water from private suppliers as their wells do not produce enough for their needs.  In addition the dust produced from quarrying and cutting the marble makes agriculture more difficult and prevents rain water from penetrating the ground.

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