Natural stone in Norway: production, deposits and development
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The natural stone industry has, during the last two decades, experienced a tremendous growth both on a global scale and within a Norwegian context. At the present time, the natural stone industry contributes significantly to total Noewegian mineral production and export.The production of larvikite is, by far, the most inportant part of the industry, followed by slate and metamorphic flagstone. Future reserves of these important resources are considered to be large. In addition, a diversified natural stone industry aimed for local and domestic markets in most parts of the country, driven by an increased use of stone for building domestically, and by the need for paving stones in urban areas. There exists a considerable potential for the development of new natural stone deposits, as well as revitalising old quarries in the light of the expanding and increasingly diversified use of stone. However, the possibilities for the development of new deposits for export-oriented production is probably limited to a few geological provinvces containing unique rock types. Environmental issues and land use regulations will undoubtedly influence natural stone exploation in Norway, and there are considerable future challenges concerning the handling of waste from production 'peaceful' coexistence between industry and community, and the integration of information on natural stone deposits into plans for land use.