Rock Extraction - Burlington Stone

Rock Extraction

All of Burlington's quarries use the same method of extraction which involves the use of diamond wire saws. This technique was originally pioneered in the Italian marble industry and ensures that the rock is 'released' from the face in as gentle a way as possible by undercutting the entire section of rock prior to splitting it into manageable sizes. Gunpowder is used for this because of its low velocity of detonation and therefore minimal effect on the rock.

Noise and dust created during the quarrying and crushing operations, although not extensive, are controlled by the fitting of modern silencers and by the use of water dust suppression on haul-roads and machinery.