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    Is the marble hollow?

    Just curious since someone asked and I honestly didn't have the answer. That giant floating marble in Tomorrowland next to Space Mountain... is it hollow? Anyone have any stats on that thing? I was trying to look it up online but all I could come up with were pictures and mentions about Cosmic Waves.
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    Re: Is the marble hollow?

    My guess is that t is and just has like a 3 inch thick layer of marble on the outside, or it might be filled with a different substance on the inside, but I highly doubt it's solid marble all the way through...
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    Re: Is the marble hollow?

    How funny when Monique and I were walking to SM yesterday I saw a little girl moving the marble and wondered about what it was made of myself.....
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    Re: Is the marble hollow?

    Dude, that's a very interesting question! I have no idea, though I'd imagine there's probably a cheaper and/or lighter material in the middle. Looking forward to (hopefully) hearing an answer on this!


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    Re: Is the marble hollow?

    Its six tons of granite, thats all I know...
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    Re: Is the marble hollow?

    I can't find anything on it. The only weight I can find on it is at WDWInfo stating it weighs in at 1000lbs which is FAR to light for that thing.

    No way is it hollow. If it does weight 6 tons, then it is probably a solid block. Do we know for certain if it is granite or marble?

    It very well could be a solid sphere since water is an amazingly lubricant and makes it very simply for pretty much anyone to start it rotating.

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    Re: Is the marble hollow?

    As if I needed another reason to surf the internet and not work on a Monday. Hopefully someone comes up with an answer before my 8 hours are up. Thanks for contributing to my bad behavior skip.

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    Re: Is the marble hollow?

    Its made of granite also.

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    Re: Is the marble hollow?

    Are there any visible seams? Because if there aren't, that lends credence to the idea that it's solid.

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    Re: Is the marble hollow?

    Sorry... I said "marble" in reference to it's overall shape (like the childhood game of marbles) not in reference to it's actual material.
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    Re: Is the marble hollow?

    I vote solid.

    From a ball fountain site (theirs are of course smaller, but the physics is the same).

    Rolling on a thin cushion of water, these marble balls or granite balls (floating sphere) weigh between 200 pounds to 800lbs depending on the size. They will rotate with a weak water pressure (10 psi, less than what water hose generated 85 psi.) This very stylish Chinese artistic work can make your shop, office, garden and home look impressive. These heavy marble balls are perfectly symmetrical that they can revolve 360 degrees in any of directions with a slightest touch. It is a perfectly balanced, highly polished marble or granite sphere that fits precisely into its carved basin to conform to the exact curvature of ball.

    These heavy polished balls spins on a frictionless cushion of water and continues to roll until the water is shut off. Nevertheless, even a child can stop the marble balls (or granite balls) or change the direction of their spin, or set the ball on an accelerated twirl. The gap between the ball and the basin socket is about 1/4000th of an inch, so there is no danger of hurting child's fingers. It staggers everyone's imagination to see these extremely heavy balls revolve around on such little water.

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    Re: Is the marble hollow?

    It's probably not hollow...it just doesn't seem like it to me.

    6 tons sounds like alot....
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    Re: Is the marble hollow?

    I stumbled on that same site Steve. LOL.
    After reading that my vote is solidly in the solid category.

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    Re: Is the marble hollow?

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve DeGaetano View Post
    I vote solid.

    From a ball fountain site (theirs are of course smaller, but the physics is the same).
    That is exactly where I went first... but what I wasn't 100% on was the scale and weight, which is why I was wondering about the material since someone asked me if it was solid or hollow...
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    Re: Is the marble hollow?

    Quote Originally Posted by dl_appurtenant View Post
    It's probably not hollow...it just doesn't seem like it to me.

    6 tons sounds like alot....
    Granite weighs 168 pounds per cubic foot. Anyone know the diameter of the ball so we can get a volume, and then the weight?

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