Volcanic breccia

Volcanic breccia

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Caption: Volcanic breccia. A breccia is a rock with fragments of one material cemented within a matrix of a different material. In this case, the fragments are wood and plant remains, which probably became embedded within ash or lava during a volcanic eruption. The remains were fossilised and pressure and heat solidified the rock into this dense structure. This polished sample measures 110 millimetres across.

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Keywords: breccia, earth science, fauna, fossil, fossilised, fossils, fragment, fragments, geological, geology, matrix, palaeobotany, palaeontology, paleontology, plant, plants, polished, remains, rock, rocks, slice, stone, wildlife

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