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Briefly noted

(September 2013) Moscow’s ExpoStone Trade Fair (June 25th-28th) took place for the 14th time this year and accommodated 359 exhibitors from 19 countries on a surface of 11,000 m². Russian companies made up 41% of the exhibitors. Brazil, Italy, India, Turkey and China chose joint venture displays. The Russian market has a particular affinity for exotic material. Some 30 companies presented funeral products.  

Musical Instruments made of Alabaster by Italian artist Giorgio Voldetta include flutes, electric guitars and even a battery of drums.   

The beaches in Florida’s Miami-Dade and Broward counties are running out of sand due to erosion during hurricanes, News Discovery reports.

Stone carvings discovered in western Nevada are at least 10,500 years old, making them the oldest rock art ever dated in North America, reports LiveScience.  

Natural Stone Imports via Xiamen harbor reached an all-time high in the 1st half of 2013 according to a web portal.

In the Polish City of Krakow citizens have completed the underpass mosaic on which we reported earlier (Polish 1, 2).

„Rock Dust“ or „AKA Stone Meal“ is the name given to the soil enhancer made of ground natural stone (1, 2).

„Promenades Geologiques“ is the name of a series of pocket-city-guides all about French natural stone places-of-interest (French). The German equivalent is the „Steine in deutschen Städten“-guide (German).

Video of the month: 9/11 Memorial.   

(02.09.2013) (USA: 09.02.2013)