Weathered columnar basalt formation

Weathered columnar basalt formation

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Credit: MARK DE FRAEYE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Weathered columnar basalt formation. Columnar basalt is formed by rapid cooling of a lava flow. The hexagonal shape of the columnar jointing is due to the prescence of pyroxene. Photographed in the Cantal region of the Auvergne Volcanoes National Park, France.

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Keywords: auvergne, cantal, columnar basalt, columns, countryside, earth science, eroded, erosion, formation, france, french, geological, geology, igneous, intrusion, rock, rocks, tree, volacanoes national park, volcanic, weathered

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