Komatiite igneous rock

Komatiite igneous rock

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Credit: DIRK WIERSMA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Komatiite igneous rock. This is a rare volcanic rock of ultramafic origin. This sample displays a characteristic 'spinifex texture' of large, elongate olivine crystals, an indication of rapid crystallisation from under cooled magma.

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Keywords: earth science, geology, komatiite, olivine crystals, rock, spinifex texture, spinifiex, ultramafic, volcanic rock, volcanology

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