Marble Rocks

Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh

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The Marble Rocks is an area along the Narmada river in central India near the city of Jabalpur in Jabalpur District of Madhya Pradesh state. The river has carved the soft marble, creating a beautiful gorge of about 8 km in length. It is a popular Indian tourist destination. The local marble is mined and carved into various figures and transported all over India.

The Marble Rocks are a gorge along part of the Narmada River’s 1,077 km (669.2 mi) path through Madhya Pradesh. Earlier, the Gorge was narrow in size and hence, monkeys could cross over from one side to another. This gave the Gorge its local name- Bandar Kudni (meaning- Monkey's jumping place). The white marbles are predominantly rich in magnesium and are closer in hardness to soap stone. This softness allows them to be carved easily using just a scalpel.

The area is also rich in blue and brown colored marble. Many bollywood movies like Shahrukh Khan starrer Asoka have been shot at this scenic location. Marble is a METAMORPHIC TYPE OF ROCKS that forms when limestone is subjected to the heat and pressure of metamorphism. It is composed primarily of the mineral calcite (CaCO3) and usually contains other minerals, such as clay minerals, micas, quartz, pyrite, iron oxides, and graphite. Under the conditions of metamorphism, the calcite in the limestone recrystallizes to form a rock that is a mass of interlocking calcite crystals. A related rock, dolomitic marble, is produced when dolostone is subjected to heat and pressure.

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