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Soapstone

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Soapstone consists largely of the mineral talc with or without other metamorphic minerals, derived from hydrothemal alteration of peridotite and related ultramafic rocks. Harder examples are suitable for making carved objects. Soapstone kitchen counters or table tops are highly resistant to stains and cracking.
A soft, firm stone
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