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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Olivine-bearing basalt

Filed under explaining science, geology, mineralogy and petrology

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Olivine-bearing basalt A vesicular basalt containing phenocrysts of the green mineral olivine. (Translation: a lava rock with lots of gas bubbles and crystals of a green mineral called olivine that were carried up to the surface by the liquid lava when it erupted.) Photo taken at Green Sands Beach, Hawaii.

Callan Bentley

Go here for lots more photos and geologic excitement over this field location.

Original image data dated on or about December 4, 2008

 

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