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This article is about an older version of DF.

(For the beginning player, see also The Non-Dwarf's Guide to Rock)

Stone or rock is a naturally occurring solid aggregate of minerals. It sometimes leaves behind material after being mined or collapsing. Other types of minable tiles include soil and sand.

Stone is divided into a few key categories:

Economic stones are types of stone that can be reserved for a special purpose. For ores, this is smelting and for fluxes, this is steel production. Bituminous coal and lignite can be reserved for making coke.

Having created loose stone, many times you'll want to get rid of it or at least move it someplace else. See stone management for advice.

This article is about DF geology and the distribution of stones, and does not contain the specific locations of metal ores or gems.

Main layer types[edit]

Main article: Layer

There are four types of stone layers (plus soil, which is not stone). The type of layer is the primary indicator of what kind of ores you are likely to find on the map, as well as a sign of volcanic activity.

The types are sedimentary layers, igneous intrusive layers, igneous extrusive layers, and metamorphic layers.

The primary types of rock only occur in their own layers. (e.g. you won't find limestone in a marble layer.)

Stones forming entire layers[edit]

These types of stone occur as entire layers, containing some veins and pockets of other minerals (see below). If one of the following types of stone is present on your map, it will be listed in one of the biomes on the embark screen.

Sedimentary Igneous intrusive Igneous extrusive Metamorphic
(* These stones are practically identical within the game, distinguished only by their names and their un-mined presentation on the map. See basalt for the sole minor difference.)

Other Stone[edit]

Stones found on this table will occur as pockets and veins inside their respective stone layers (see above). When your miners newly encounter one of them, the game will pause and you will receive an announcement; even for the ones that have no use other than to build constructions of unusual colors. Note that the veins or clusters can spread into other layers, and may cause some layers to contain stones they usually wouldn't. A few of these stones, such as Olivine, have other, more interesting minerals appear inside them.

Non-layer stone formations occur in one of three shapes: large clusters, veins, and small clusters. (See Veins & Clusters for full info.)

The following table does not contain ores and gems.

Icons Name Found in
^ Alabaster Gypsum(S)
` Alunite All Igneous extrusive(L), Kaolinite(L)
v Anhydrite Gypsum(S), Satinspar(1), Alabaster(1), Selenite(1)
+ Bauxite All Sedimentary(L)
Bituminous coal All Sedimentary(V)
` Borax Gypsum(S), Rock salt(L)
% Brimstone All Igneous extrusive(S), Gypsum(S)
" Calcite Limestone(S), Marble(S)
= Chromite Olivine(V)
£ * Cinnabar All Igneous extrusive(V), Shale(V), Quartzite(V)
£ * Cobaltite All Igneous(V), All Metamorphic(V)
- Cryolite Granite(S)
o Graphite Gneiss(S), Quartzite(S), Marble(S), Schist(S)
# Gypsum All Sedimentary(L)
" Hornblende All Igneous(S), All Metamorphic(S)
. Ilmenite Gabbro(S)
Jet All Sedimentary(L)
= Kaolinite All Sedimentary(L)
% Kimberlite Gabbro(V)
* Lignite All Sedimentary(V)
% Marcasite Kaolinite(S)
v Mica All Metamorphic(L), Granite(L)
% Microcline All Stone(L)
% Olivine Gabbro(L)
- Orpiment All Igneous extrusive(S)
% Orthoclase All Igneous intrusive(L), All Metamorphic(L)
, Periclase Marble(S)
% Petrified wood All Sedimentary(S)
* Pitchblende Granite(S)
Θ Puddingstone Conglomerate(L)
% Pyrolusite All Igneous(S)
% Realgar All Igneous extrusive(S)
` Rutile All Metamorphic(S), Granite(S)
x Saltpeter All Sedimentary(S)
- Satinspar Gypsum(S)
; Selenite Gypsum(S)
Serpentine Olivine(S)
% Stibnite All Igneous extrusive(S)
= Sylvite Rock salt(L)
| Talc Dolomite(L)
(L) - occurs in large clusters
(V) - occurs in veins
(S) - occurs in small clusters
(1) - occurs in individual tiles

DF Geology and real-world Geology[edit]

The geology and stones of Dwarf Fortress are based on real-world geology and mineralogy. To understand the terms used here, you may want to crack open a geology textbook (a high school one should suffice). If you don't happen to have one close by, the Wikipedia articles for geology, mineralogy, or the terms in question might help.