Granite

Granite

Blue Granite pic

Granite is an igneous rock, formed by the slow cooling of molten material (magma) under the earth's surface. Granite is one of the most abundant igneous rocks.

The South Carolina state rock is Blue Granite.

South Carolina is one of the U.S.'s top producers of granite. South Carolina's granite quarries, located primarily in the Piedmont region, mine this rock for use in building and road construction.

See rocks, minerals and fossils at:

The Charleston Museum
http://www.charlestonmuseum.org/
Admission fee
Address:
360 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Phone: 803-722-2996
The Bob Campbell Geology Museum
(Clemson University)
http://www.clemson.edu/public/geomuseum/
Located in the South Carolina Botanical Garden on Clemson University Campus.
Free
Address:
103 Garden Trail
Clemson, SC 29634
Phone: 864-656-4600
The McKissick Museum
(University of South Carolina)
http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/mckissickmuseum/
Free
Address:
Bull and Pendleton Streets
Columbia, SC 29208
Phone: 803-777-7251
The Museum
http://www.emeraldtriangle.us/museum-railroad-center
Admission Free
Address:
105 Main Street
Greenwood, SC 29646
Phone: 864-229-7093
The South Carolina Museum
http://www.museum.state.sc.us/
Admission fee
Address:
301 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC 29202
Phone: 803-898-4921

Where to Read More About It:

Eckert, A. W., (2000). Earth treasures: The southeastern quadrant: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia. Lincoln, NE: iUniverse, Inc..
Horton, J. W., Jr. & Zullo, V.A. (Eds.), (1991). The geology of the carolinas: Carolina Geological Society fiftieth-anniversary volume. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press.
Murphy, C. H., (1995). Carolina rocks!: The geology of South Carolina. Orangeburg, SC: Sandlapper.

Some free educational materials:

Maps, bulletins and reports:

South Carolina Geological Survey
http://www.dnr.sc.gov/geology/

Last Modified: Monday September 21, 2009 10:45 AM