Limestone is a mass production material, it can: make concrete when burnt and mixed with appropriate amounts of clay, be used as an aggregate (crushed rock), it is a suitable quality of a good dimension stone which can be used for buildings. Also, limestone can be used as a feedstock in some industrial processes, for example desulphurisation of coal-fired power station flue gasses, in iron and steel production or in fertilizer production. Limestone is used to make concrete, so an advantage of it is that the abundance of the material being available ensures that sturdy structures can be built. It is a cheap material that is rather simple to forge as well. Limestone is easily exported around the world for use in developing countries All of these productions can inflict huge increase in job opportunities for the town and a rise in economic statistics. Quarrying has become a hugely demanding business, for materials like building stone and cement. Local towns can find quarrying economically useful as quarrying provides income through taxation.
Once a limestone quarry is no longer in use, it can be used for other things such as landfill which currently it a thriving business. When the quarry becomes very old, it can become quite picturesque, and used as nature reserves or used for recreation like rock-climbing. This is appealing to local people. Abandoned quarries are very useful resources for geologists if access is safe.
The quarrying of limestone often means that natural green –field sites are ruined by the process. Landscapes are also left heavily damaged, and the environmental impact of the new landscape can cause disasters such as landslides sinkholes soul erosion changing of the natural course of water, and the amount of fossil fuels burnt necessary to drill and transport the limestone is detrimental to the environment. The particles that are released into the environment can lead to serious lung conditions