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Ruin marble exhibited in the Natural History Museum, London

Ruin marble is a kind of limestone or marble that contains light and dark patterns, giving the impression of a ruined cityscape. The patterns (similar to Liesegang rings) develop during diagenesis due to periodic rhythmic precipitation of iron hydroxides from oxidizing aqueous fluids restricted laterally by calcite filled joints.[1]


  1. ^ Marko F., Pivko D. & Hurai V. (2003). "Ruin marble: a record of fracture-controlled fluid flow and precipitation". Geological Quarterly. 47 (3): 241–252.