A specimen of the rock from Solomon's quarry was lately received by us for analysis. It is the material that served in the construction of Solomon's Temple, a building characterized by Dr. Lyman Abbott as an architectural splendor. The rock is of snowy whiteness, soft when first removed from the quarry, but it soon hardens on exposure to the air. The natives call the rock from this portion of the quarry "The Royal." The quarries extend underneath the city. The rock is soft and quite porous. There is a variety in another portion of the quarry, on a higher level which is locally called "The Hard Jewish."
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"The Rock from Solomon's Quarries,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 20(1), 192-192.
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