In Westbury, NY, Valerie Varnuska spends her days enjoying nature and studying the natural world. Valerie Varnuska is particularly interested in geology. She enjoys learning about the many different types of rocks and minerals and the ways in which they are formed.
Sandstone is a common form of sedimentary rock, created from centuries of sand deposition in bodies of water. The sand piles up over time, often blending with calcite, iron oxide, quartz, and other minerals that lend color and texture. These layers eventually become compressed, and with enough time and pressure, they turn to the finely layered rock known as sandstone.
Sandstone can be found in many different regions and at many elevations. It can be seen in the rock formations at the Grand Canyon, the sculpted faces of Petra, and several of the world’s most celebrated temples and monuments. It is favored for sculpture because it is both hard and possesses great compressive strength.