quartz·​ite | \ ˈkwȯrt-ˌsīt How to pronounce quartzite (audio) \

Definition of quartzite

: a compact granular rock composed of quartz and derived from sandstone by metamorphism

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quartzitic \ kwȯrt-​ˈsi-​tik How to pronounce quartzitic (audio) \ adjective

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The majority of the rock in the hills is a tough quartzite, which was formed when sandstone melted and re-formed under extreme pressure as plates shifted. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Baraboo Hills natural areas are 'wild, special places’ - and quieter than nearby sites," 27 Apr. 2018 The materials include wide-plank oak floors, gray larch wood Bulthaup kitchen cabinets with White Princess quartzite counters, and master bathrooms with eucalyptus wood vanities and walls clad in Taj Mahal quartzite with a leather-textured finish. Tim Mckeough, New York Times, "Two Twisting Towers Come to the Far West Side," 20 Apr. 2018 The challenge is finding something beautiful that's also durable, and quartzite happens to be stronger than granite. Christine Pittel, House Beautiful, "Heidi Piron on Designing a Big, Open Kitchen," 6 June 2013 They were all made from quartzite and quartz, likely from the nearby Qinling Mountains and related rivers that would send rocks towards the excavation site. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Chinese Cave Tools Point To Earliest Known Human Migration," 13 July 2018 They're composed of a white quartzite matrix with sharply contrasting red and brown jasper pebbles. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Where to find 5 of Michigan's coolest rocks," 28 June 2018 Its main attraction is a series of ancient pink quartzite towers that run along the banks of Split Rock Creek. Smithsonian, "* * *," 23 Mar. 2018 Summer brings crowds to the sandy beach along the lake and the stair-like trails up the bluffs, where rock climbers attempt to send routes on the slick quartzite. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin bucket list: 20 things you have to do," 17 May 2018 Trails wind around the top and sides of the 1.5-billion-year-old quartzite, and a 60-foot observation tower provides views from above the tree canopy. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "4 dining destinations in Wisconsin worth a road trip," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of quartzite

1823, in the meaning defined above

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