1. Explain the process for quarrying, sizing, polishing, and cutting the granite.
-jet piercing cuts the rock out of the granite quarry
-holes are drilled and dynamite inserted; the dynamite frees the
-diamond saws cut a granite block into manageable pieces
-another machine makes them even smaller
-then it is polished smooth by another machine
-the stone cutter shapes the granite with a hammer and chisel
-designs are made on the computer for the monument
-this design is sent to a cutting machine that makes a stencil
-the stencil is attached to the granite and sent to a sandblast artist
-the artist sprays a special grit at high pressure to create the design onto the stone
2. Which businesses in your town have their origins in a natural resource? What spin-off businesses have these businesses produced?
Student answers may vary. Below are some examples.
Dahlonega gold mines (shops selling gold nuggets in town; mine tours keep the mines open)
Jasper and Tate: marble (countertops, furniture tops, garden decorations and rocks, etc.)
Farming towns: Apples, Peaches, Blueberries/Strawberries, Sorghum, Peanuts, Cotton (festivals, trucking companies to take crop to market, pick-your-own farms)
Golden Isles of Georgia (tourism, ferry boats, conservation organizations, shrimp and seafood industry).
All of these contribute to the tourism in the area and in Georgia.