Alabaster Real Estate Listings:

This beautiful 4 bedroom 2 1/2 is a must see.... large fenced in yard with covered screened deck also lots of upgrades in house ....

For sale | 4 beds | 3 baths
September 5, 2017
US, Alabaster (Alabama)

This approximately 2,000 square foot home has been completely remodeled. it's in a swimming pool community and only one mile from the new state-of-the art alabaster high school. it is in walking distance to the middle-school.\ralmost everything in the house was redone within the last few y...

For sale
August 8, 2017
US, Alabaster (Alabama)

Since last on market sellers have replaced the window ac units and put in new glass. house has a fully-functioning 2015 carrier central ac unit and sellers are offering a 2-10 home warranty for buyers interested. sellers are selling the home as-is, but it's been well cared for over the yea...

For sale
July 13, 2017
US, Alabaster (Alabama)

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Alabaster is a mineral or rock that is soft and often used for carving, as well as being processed for plaster powder. The term is used in different ways by archaeologists and the stone processing industry on the one hand, and geologists on the other. The first use is in a wider meaning, covering varieties of two different minerals: the fine-grained massive type of gypsum, as well as the fine-grained banded type of calcite. Geologists only define the gypsum variety as alabaster. Chemically, gypsum is a hydrous sulfate of calcium, while calcite is a carbonate of calcium.
Both types of alabaster have broadly similar properties. They are usually light-coloured, translucent and soft stones that have been used throughout human history mainly for carving decorative artifacts.
The calcite variety is also known as onyx-marble, Egyptian alabaster, or Oriental alabaster and is geologically described as either a compact banded travertine or "a stalagmitic limestone marked with patterns of swirling bands of cream and brown". "Onyx-marble" must be understood as a traditional, but geologically inaccurate term, since both onyx and marble have geological definitions distinct from even the widest one applicable for alabaster.
In general (but not always), ancient alabaster is calcite in the wider Middle East, including Egypt and Mesopotamia, while it is gypsum in medieval Europe. Modern alabaster is probably calcite, but may be either. Both are easy to work and slightly water-soluble. They have been used for making a variety of indoor artworks and carvings, as they will not survive long outdoors.
The two kinds are readily distinguished by differences in their hardness: gypsum alabaster is so soft it can be scratched with a fingernail (Mohs hardness 1.5 to 2), while calcite cannot be scratched in this way (Mohs hardness 3), although it does yield to a knife. Moreover, calcite alabaster, being a carbonate, effervesces when treated with hydrochloric acid, while gypsum alabaster remains nearly unaffected when thus treated.		


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