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Sandstone is a naturally occurring block found 4–5 blocks below natural Sand deposits, but only in desert biomes and beaches. Sandstone can also be crafted, by placing four blocks of sand in a square, not requiring the 3×3 crafting grid. There are two varieties of sandstone: chiseled sandstone and smooth sandstone. Sandstone can be used to craft these two types of sandstone. It can be smoothed by placing four in a 2×2 grid, and chiseled by making sandstone slabs and making a 1×2 column.

Behavior

Unlike sand, sandstone is unaffected by gravity, and will not fall if placed without a supporting block. This block is almost identical to cobblestone, except that it is a tan color and has a smooth topside. In a previous version of Minecraft, sandstone could not be destroyed by an explosion caused by TNT or creepers.

Crafting

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History

Sandstone was added in the Beta 1.2 update. Their respective slab was added in the next patch, with the introduction of slabs.

Chiseled and smooth sandstone blocks were added in Minecraft 1.2.4. Sandstone stairs were added in the developmental snapshot 12w21a.

Trivia

  • Sometimes, if a cave passes right below a desert biome, the sandstone at the bottom the sand will stick into the cave and make sandstone "stalagmites". This is due to the layers of sandstone beneath sand not being even. Thus, they stick out into any caves beneath.
    • As of update 1.8, they fixed cave generation in Desert biomes and Mesa Biomes, which means that the "stalagmite" generation is much more rare.

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