The white granite BRANCO CEARÁ is, so to say, the classical Brazilian granite used since 1989 for the flooring in many shopping malls and airports or for façade cladding as well as in private homes. It is quarried in the municipality of Santa Quitéria, about 250 km SW of Fortaleza.
The large deposit is a single massif measuring 2.5 km long and 1.5 km wide created in the pre-Cambrian era. Its capacity is 156,295,000 m³. Currently, there are approximately 2,000m³ produced per month, according to the National Agency for Mining (Agência Nacional de Mineração; ANM).
In August 2020, the Thor Granitos group acquired 100% of the quarry. The company plans to turn the site into one of the major granite sources in the world, doubling the production to monthly 4,000m³ until 2025.
The BRANCO CEARÁ is a granite “stricto sensu” (in the narrower sense) and petrographically a Zinwaldite-Quartz-Albita-Granite with the following specifications:
Specific mass: 2,611 kg/m³
Apparent porosity: 0,66 %
Water absorption: 0,26%
Uniaxial compressive strength: 127 Mpa
Flexural strength: 14,7 Mpa