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Limestone, with its unique characteristics, subtle beauty and great versatility have made it a popular choice for any design style. Limestone is considered the most abundant chemical sedimentary rock. Many different types exist, yet the mineral composition of all limestone is similar. Most of them are of marine origin, formed in ancient warm shallow seas directly and indirectly from the life processes of marine plant and animal organisms. As these organisms died their calcareous remains, shells and skeletons accumulated in these sea beds, building up vast deposits.Accompanying this process algae and other lime-secreting plants precipitated calcium carbonate a calcareous ooze (mud). During these processes a wide variety of foreign materials ranging from clay minerals, quartz sand, iron oxides and other minerals, along with the remains other plants and animals were being added to this sedimentary brew. As the waters receded these deposits consolidated to form limestone rock masses. In some limestone, the partial or complete fossilized remains of these extinct organisms can be seen
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