Thin Granite Sheets

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Strictly based on non-stick-ability, Granite Stone is a little better than the others IMHO.
I bought a single skillet and used it extensively before buying this set. After two years of use the egg, onion, and cheese omelet I made yesterday slid from the skillet without using a spatula.

You should note that NON-stick does NOT mean that nothing will ever stick. It means that stuff tends to stick less. Even cast iron cookware does a surprisingly good job at not sticking if it is properly seasoned and maintained.


  • If you don't know how to properly "season and maintain" cast iron pots and pans, Google it.
  • Then follow those directions for these or any other non-stick set. And don't take every advertising claim literally.
  • For the BEST and most long-lasting non-stick results, use a little oil, never wash with soap or in the dishwasher unless you re-season them after, don't use metal utensils, and never use non-stick sprays - no matter what non-stick cookware you use.
  • These seem to be slightly less heavy than my more expensive cookware, and while not commercial-grade, they are still sturdy and it would likely take deliberate abuse to bend or dent them.
  • They seem to heat as evenly and more quickly than heavier pans. I never had a set of cookware that I would give more than 4 stars, but I would give these 4 1/2 stars if that were an option. 7/7/21 UPDATE: The metal handles don't get too hot, but the lid handles do!
  • I forget and grab the lid without using a potholder. The fry basket is a little flimsy, and the steaming container (neither are non-stick coated) could be sturdier - a hard bump or drop might dent or bend it, but if that should happen it should still function.
  • Mount Monadnock in New Hampshire, United States. Peña de Bernal in Bernal, Querétaro, México. Rocca di Cavour, Piedmont, Italy. Inselberg in the state of Bahia, northeastern Brazil.
  • An inselberg in Western Sahara. Lion atop a koppie in the Serengeti, northern Tanzania. An inselberg or monadnock (/məˈnædnɒk/) is an isolated rock hill, knob, ridge, or small mountain that rises abruptly from a gently sloping or virtually level surrounding plain.
  • In Southern Africa a similar formation of granite is known as a koppie, an Afrikaans word ("little head") from the Dutch diminutive word kopje.[1] If the inselberg is dome-shaped and formed from granite or gneiss, it can also be called a bornhardt, though not all bornhardts are inselbergs.
  • An inselberg results when a body of rock resistant to erosion, such as granite, occurring within a body of softer rocks, is exposed by differential erosion and lowering of the surrounding landscape.

Pros and Cons of Countertop Overlays

The word inselberg is a loan word from German, and means "island mountain". The term was coined in 1900 by geologist Wilhelm Bornhardt (1864–1946) to describe the abundance of such features found in eastern Africa.[2] At that time, the term applied only to arid landscape features.


However, it has since been used to describe a broader geography and range of rock features, leading to confusion about the precise definition of the term.

In a 1973 study examining the use of the term, one researcher found that the term had been used for features in savannah climates 40% of the time, arid or semi-arid climates 32% of the time, humid-subtropical and arctic 12% of the time, and 6% each in humid-tropical and Mediterranean climates. A 1972 paper defined inselbergs as "steep-sided isolated hills rising relatively abruptly above gently sloping ground". This definition includes such features as buttes; conical hills with rectilinear sides typically found in arid regions; regolith-covered concave-convex hills; rock crests over regolith slopes; rock domes with near vertical sides; tors (koppies) formed of large boulders but with solid rock cores.

  • Thus, the terms monadnock and inselberg may not perfectly match,[3] though some authors have explicitly argued these terms are completely synonymous.[4].
  • View of Peñón de Guatapé, Antioquia Department, Colombia. Monadnock is derived from a Native American term for an isolated hill or a lone mountain that stands above the surrounding area, typically by surviving erosion.
  • Geologists took the name from Mount Monadnock in southwestern New Hampshire.[5] It is thought to derive from the Abenaki language, from either menonadenak ("smooth mountain") or menadena ("isolated mountain").[6] In this context, monadnock is used to describe a mountain that rises from an area of relatively flat and/or lower terrain.

For instance, Mount Monadnock rises 610 metres (2,000 ft) above its surrounding terrain and stands, at 965 m (3,165 ft), nearly 300 m (1,000 ft) higher than any mountain peak within 48 km (30 mi).[7]. Pietra di Bismantova in the Apennines, Italy. Inselbergs are common in eroded and weathered shields.[8] The presence of an inselberg typically indicates the existence of a nearby plateau or highland, or their remnants. This is especially the case for inselbergs composed of sedimentary rock, which will display the same stratigraphic units as this nearby plateau.

What Happens to the Extra Stone?

However once exposed, the inselbergs are destroyed by marginal collapse of joint blocks and exfoliation sheets. This process leaves behind tors perched at their summits and, over time, a talus-bordered residual known as a castle koppie appears.[9][10] By this association various inselberg fields in Africa and South America are assumed to be the vestiges of eroded etchplains.[11][12]. Clusters of inselbergs, called inselberg fields and inselberg plains, occur in various parts of the world, including Tanzania,[13] the Anti-Atlas of Morocco,[11]Northeast Brazil,[14]Namibia,[15] the interior of Angola,[16] and the northern portions of Finland[17][18] and Sweden.[19][A]. The classification of Anthony Young (1969) distinguishes six types of inselbergs; buttes, conical hills, convex-concave hills, rock crest over regolith-covered slope, rock dome (sugarloaf) and kopje or tor.[21].

How is Granite Made into a Slab?

Volcanic or other processes may give rise to a body of rock resistant to erosion, inside a body of softer rock such as limestone, which is more susceptible to erosion. When the less resistant rock is eroded away to form a plain, the more resistant rock is left behind as an isolated mountain. The strength of the uneroded rock is often attributed to the tightness of its jointing.[22][B].

What Are Countertop Overlays?

Inselbergs can be reshaped by ice sheets much the same way as roches moutonnées. In northern Sweden, examples of this type of inselberg are called flyggbergs.[24]: 326–327 [25].

The inselbergs of Eastern Africa tend to be a refuge for life in the Serengeti of Tanzania and Kenya. Where the soil is too thin or hard to support tree life in large areas, soil trapped by inselbergs can be dense with trees while the surrounding land contains only short grass. Hollows in the rock surfaces provide catchments for rainwater.[26] Many animals have adapted to the use of inselbergs, including the lion, the hyrax, and an abundance of bird and reptile life. Houtkop, a 170-metre (560 ft) outcrop of Drakensbergbasalt in the Free State, South Africa. A conical sandstone koppie in the Free State, South Africa. An inselberg in the rainforest of Suriname. The Spitzkoppe of Namibia, a 670-metre (2,200 ft) granite peak formed by early Cretaceous rifting and magmatism. A duricrust inselberg near Dori, Burkina Faso. Uluru, an 863-metre (2,831 ft) sandstone formation in Australia'sNorthern Territory. Bornhardt – A large dome-shaped, steep-sided, bald rock. Mesa – Elevated area of land with a flat top and sides that are usually steep cliffs. Tuya – Flat-topped, steep-sided volcano formed when lava erupts through a thick glacier or ice sheet.

Caprock – More resistant rock type overlying a less resistant rock type. Dissected plateau – Plateau area that has been severely eroded so that the relief is sharp. Mogote – Steep-sided residual hill of limestone, marble, or dolomite on a flat plain.


Sky island – Geographic or environmental feature. ^Albeit its not the usual way of describing it the strandflat of Norway was held by Julius Büdel to be an etchplain with inselbergs.[20]. ^Twidale (1981) "Granitic Inselbergs: …"[23] is a review that follows the Willis 1936 works and Twidale 1971, a series of papers available in 1970 and rock weathering strata and structure reviewed U.C.W. well worth reading as they show by theory and materials the importance of preceding structures, internal solution, subsurface weathering, slips, exfoliation, basal weathering (Young A. Soils), biological effects, plants, solutes and salt plain catena associations, possible lake rise, but mainly the stripping of rock mass leaving resistant units, sometimes volcanic plugs.

How Thick Are Standard Slabs of Granite?

  • ^Webster's New Explorer Dictionary of Word Origins (2004).


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  2. "Canons of landscape evolution". Geological Society of America Bulletin. ^Raymo, Chet and Raymo, Maureen E. (1989) Written in Stone: A Geologic History of the Northeastern United States.
  3. Globe Pequot, Chester, Connecticut. ^"Vermont Soils with Names of American Indian OriginArchived 2009-03-20 at the Wayback Machine" United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. Retrieved January 6, 2008.
  4. ^Baldwin, Henry I. Monadnock Guide 4th edition. Concord, New Hampshire: Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. ^Nenonen, Keijo; Johansson, Peter; Sallasmaa, Olli; Sarala, Pertti; Palmu, Jukka-Pekka (2018).
  5. "The inselberg landscape in Finnish Lapland: a morphological study based on the LiDAR data interpretation". Bulletin of the Geological Society of Finland. 90 (2): 239–256. ^"Summary: Inselbergs/Hills/Knobs".
  6. Desert Processes Working Group. Knowledge Sciences, Inc. Retrieved 6 January 2008. ^Easterbrook, Don J. "Chapter Three: Weathering". Surface Processes and Landforms (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. ^ abGuillocheau, François; Simon, Brendan; Baby, Guillaume; Bessin, Paul; Robin, Cécile; Dauteuil, Olivier (2017).
  7. "Planation surfaces as a record of mantle dynamics: The case example of Africa"(PDF). Gondwana Research. Bibcode:2018GondR.53..82G. ^García, Carolina; Hermelin, Michel (2016). "Inselbergs Near Medellín". In Hermelin, Michel (ed.). Landscapes and Landforms of Colombia. ^Sundborg, Å.; Rapp, A.
  8. Erosion and Sedimentation by Water: Problems and prospects. ^Maia, Rúbson Pinheiro; Frêgo Bezerra, Francisco Hilário; Leite Nascimento, Marcos Antônio; Sampaio de Castro, Henrique; de Andrade Meireles, Antônio Jeovah; Rothis, Luis Martin (2015).
  9. "Geomorfologia do Campo de Inselbergues de Quixadá, nordeste do Brasil" [Geomorphology of inselbergs field of Quixadá, Northeast Brazil]. Revista Brasileira de Geomorfologia (in Portuguese). ^"Production of an agro-ecological zones map of Namibia (first approximation)"(PDF).
  10. ^"Development of a soil and terrain map/database for Angola"(PDF). ^Kaitanen, Veijo (1 February 1985). "Problems concerning the origin of inselbergs in Finnish Lapland". 163 (2): 359–364. ^Ebert, K.; Hall, A.; Hättestrand, C.; Alm, G. "Multi-phase development of a glaciated inselberg landscape".
  11. 115 (1): 56–66. "Gross morphology of Fennoskandia: Six complementary ways of explanation". Geografiska Annaler. Physical Geography. 70 (3): 135–167. doi:10.2307/521068. ^Olesen, Odleiv; Kierulf, Halfdan Pascal; Brönner, Marco; Dalsegg, Einar; Fredin, Ola; Solbakk, Terje (2013).
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  15. Plains, Steps, Hilly Relief and Valleys in Northern Sweden--review, Interpretations and Implications for Conclusions on Phanerozoic Tectonics(PDF).
  16. Sveriges geologiska undersökning (Geological Survey of Sweden). ISBN978-91-7403-308-3. Retrieved 29 June 2016. ^Serengeti National Park Visitor Center, Tanzania.
  17. Retrieved from "". When your dated, tired kitchen countertops are in need of a change, it seems like you have just two avenues: replacing your counters with new countertops or repairing your existing countertops.
  18. Most homeowners would love to have all-new kitchen countertops. But the high cost of countertops is often enough to put off some homeowners from buying.

Countertop Overlay Features

  • Repairing your existing countertops by painting or re-surfacing them is inexpensive but at the cost of poor durability.
Instead, why not cover up those countertops with more countertop material? A small, niche industry makes granite or quartz countertop overlays that cover existing counters.