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In which country is Soapstone mostly mined?

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Soapstone, also known as steatite, can be found all over the world. Much of the soapstone seen these days comes from Brazil, China or India. Significant deposits also exist in Finland, Australia and Canada, as well as in England, Austria, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and the United States.

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Where is soapstone used?

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Soapstone is used for sculpture, tile, and kitchen countertops, sinks, wall tile and even for wood stoves and fireplaces.

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Is soapstone a hard stone or soft?

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Soapstone is naturally a softer stone, since it is made up mostly by Talc, among other minerals. Some of these really hard Soapstones out there, have no Talc in them and in petrological terms cannot be called a soapstone, they are serpentinites.

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Is soapstone as hard as granite or basalt?

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While not as hard as granite, this material is more flexible. That means it is less breakable, so it won't crack unexpectedly from stress or weight. In addition, soapstone is very non-porous, another important strength that sets it apart from granite, basalt, sandstone and slate.

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