Miscellaneous: news all around ornamental stone and rock

Scientist standing next to a life-size reconstruction of an adult male European straight-tusked elephant. Photo: Lutz Kindler, LEIZASome 125,000 years ago, Neanderthals deliberately hunted down and slaughtered European straight-tusked elephants (Palaeoloxodon antiquus). This is the result of new research on bone finds of these huge animals, which grew to a height of four meters and were larger than modern elephants. Prehistoric humans were mainly able to kill old male specimens, as they lived away from the protection of the herds and the hunters worked together. Cooperation was also needed to utilize the giant prey. They used stone tools for this purpose. These new findings have been brought to light by researchers from the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), the Leibniz-Zentrum für Archäologie (LEIZA), also based in Mainz, and Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Tureks company is the first Turkish natural stone company to be listed at the Istanbul stock exchange (1, 2).

U.S. ceramic tile consumption in 2023 was 2.85 billion sq. ft., down (-)7.3% from the previous year, the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) informs. Imports were at 2.00 billion sq. ft. in 2023, an (-)8.4% decline from the prior year. In April 2024, the U.S. manufacturers started to seek the government to impose tariffs in a range 408%-828% on tile imports from India.

Archaeologists uncover extraordinary 1,800-year-old marble head of Apollo in Greece

All the questions about the mysterious Pre-Inca megalithic stonework at Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, Peru are compiled on a webpage. But an answer is not given.

Nature carves the beach all the time even when there is nobody out there building sand castles.

Carbon sequestration in soils can contribute to mitigate climate change, and soil organic matter associated with minerals has the highest capacity to store carbon. A study demonstrates that such soil’s formation rate is primarily controlled by the mineral composition, both land use and management intensity but also affected mineral-associated organic matter on short time scales.

Video of the month: This film, nearly eight minutes long, beautifully describes the journey of Calacatta marble in Carrara from the quarry through the processing factories, intended of course as an advertisement for the material and the companies.

(01.05.2024, USA: 05.01.2024)