Hand sample of Basalt

Hand sample of Basalt

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Credit: MARK A. SCHNEIDER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Hand sample of Basalt, an extrusive igneous rock composed of calcic plagioclase feldspar, pyroxine, and occasionally olivine. Accessory minerals are sometimes visible. Basalt has an aphanitic (microcrystalline) texture; the mineral grains are too small to be seen by the naked eye.

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Keywords: aphanite, aphanitic, basalt, calcic plagioclase feldspar, earthquake, extrusive, formation, geology, hand sample, igneous, mineral, mineralogy, rock, sample, seismology, silhouettable, specimen, stone, volcanic rock

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