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Cantera (stone)

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Cantera Stone is a quarried, volcanic rock that is mined exclusively in various regions of Mexico and Central America. Its name derives from the Spanish word for quarry. Its properties are unique, in that it offers color, texture, durability, and a softness that allows for detailed carving and cutting. It is used in hotels, shopping malls, office buildings, and custom homes throughout the world. Cantera comes in a myriad of natural colors and tones, and its texture is truly beautiful. It sports unique inclusions and color flecks, making its authenticity easy to see, and gives a natural, eternal feel. Cantera is durable, and has stood for centuries in many cathedrals, haciendas and other buildings throughout Latin America.

The stone's color may vary depending on the impurities present in the stone of a particular region. The cantera notably used in many of the buildings, walls, and roads of Oaxaca, Mexico is a distinct green color.

This rock is formed by volcanic ash and dust. The ash is washed into a silt bed and combined with the lava, dirt and stone on the ground already. This combination makes Cantera a porous and lightweight stone.

This stone is typically used by many architects and landscapers. Some examples of use are: tables, fireplaces, wall tiles, pool areas, columns, etc. A unique quality of the stone is that it absorbs air and humidly without causing expansion. Which means the stone can take a lot of moisture and humidity which is perfect for any outdoor or wet space.

Below are two links to show some of the colors that cantera and architectural image gallery



Citation Cantera stone colors. JPEG file. [[“What is Cantera?” Joe Holden & Son. Web. 2 May 2012. <]] [[“what is cantera?” Web. 2 May 2012. <>.]]

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