Diorite

Diorite

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Credit: MARK A. SCHNEIDER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Hand sample of Diorite, an intrusive igneous rock consisting of sodic plagioclase feldspar and hornblende, biotite or pyroxene. Small amounts of quartz may be present. Diorite has phaneritic texture; mineral grains are of nearly equal size and are visible to the naked eye.

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Keywords: diorite, earth science, formation, geology, hand sample, igneous, intrusive, mineral, mineralogy, phaneritic texture, plutonic rock, rock, rocks, sample, silhouettable, sodic plagioclase feldspar, specimen, stone

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