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Soapstone is an example of a metamorphic rock which is part talc. It was formed through the process of dynathermal metasomatism and metamorphism which are commonly found in areas with active tectonic plate. Rocks are formed through the gradual action of pressure and heat with fluid influx, however the rocks do not melt at all.

There have been many uses of soapstone over the years and probably the most popular one if carving. It is soft to touch and can be easily fashioned into any figure or structure. Soapstone is mined just like marble and granite; the age of mined soapstone rocks may be around 300 to 400 million years, which also depends, in the area of the world it is quarried.

Soapstone has been named as so because of its amazing smooth texture much like touching or holding a bar of soap. It was one of the original materials to be used as a worktop, and it was also used as hearthstones, bed warmers, cookware and many other kinds of uses. Much of the soapstone that is used today is mined in Brazil; one of the largest statues in the world is in Rio de Janeiro called the Christ the Redeemer is made of soapstone. There is also a statue in Finland which dates back to 7000 BC, which is also, made of soapstone.

If you are considering soapstone for your counter top or furnace then you have made the right choice. Not only is soapstone appealing to the eyes but is strong, durable and heat-resistant. It can be used for pizza ovens or as fireplace liners because of its amazing ability to withstand extremes in temperature. Soapstone is also easy to clean and will never stain or even chip. A soapstone counter top or worktop is certainly one of the best kitchen renovation projects you have ever had.

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