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What is the Great Wall of China made of?
 
The Great Wall was originally built in the Spring and Autumn but it was mainly built from earth, stones, and wood.

Based on the technology available at different dynasties, the Great Wall was usually built with compacted earth and stone which was found in the local area. Natural terrain such as mountain ridges was often taken advantage of to form part of the wall. West Han Dynasty (206 B.C.-25 A.D.), for example, used sand  and crushed stones filled with layers of reeds or tamarisk twigs  to build the wall in grasslands and desert areas that are subject  to strong wind erosion.       

During the Ming Dynasty, bricks were heavily used in many areas of the wall. The size and weight of the bricks made them easier to work with than earth and stone, so construction quickened. Additionally, bricks could bear more weight and endure better than rammed earth. Stone can hold under its own weight better than brick, but is more difficult to use. Consequently, stones cut in rectangular shapes were used for the foundation, inner and outer brims, and gateways of the wall.

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