• Basaltic Columns
    Basaltic Columns
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n basalt the commonest type of solidified lava; a dense dark grey fine-grained igneous rock that is composed chiefly of plagioclase feldspar and pyroxene
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The most common rock on Earth is basalt
    • Basalt (Geol) A rock of igneous origin, consisting of augite and triclinic feldspar, with grains of magnetic or titanic iron, and also bottle-green particles of olivine frequently disseminated.
    • Basalt An imitation, in pottery, of natural basalt; a kind of black porcelain.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n basalt A volcanic rock occurring widely, and consisting of a triclinic feldspar, together with augite and magnetite or titaniferous iron. Olivin and nephelin are also often found in the basalts, especially the former. Apatite, leucite, and hauyne are occasionally present. The basalts have been variously classed by different writers. Basalt proper is the dark, compact variety, breaking with a splintery fracture. Under the name dolerite are included all the more coarsely crystallized varieties in which the component minerals can be made out with the naked eye, while anamesite is the name given to those varieties which have a finely granular texture. In the modern eruptive regions basalt has almost always been the last rock to be emitted from the volcanic orifice. The cooling of lava often gives rise to the formation of hexagonal prisms or columns, which are occasionally extremely regular in form and of great size. Basalt displays this structure more frequently and in greater perfectness than any other rock; hence this kind of structure is frequently called basaltic. (See cut.) Remarkable formations of columnar basalt exist in various parts of the world, as the Giant's Causeway on the northeast coast of Ireland, and Fingal's Cave in the island of Staffa, Scotland.
    • n basalt Proposed as a field term, in petrography, for all dark-colored aphanitie, nonporphyritic (aphyric), igneous rocks. The basalts, thus defined, include many dense andesites, diabases, and numerous lavas commonly grouped as basalt before their varying composition was revealed by microscopical study. Basalt in this sense is opposed to felsite, which includes light-colored rocks. See felsite.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Basalt bas-awlt′ a hard, dark-coloured rock of igneous origin
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. basaltes,an African word), a dark and hard species of marble found in Ethiopia: cf. F. basalte,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. basaltes, an African word.


In literature:

Dana calls these Hawaiian volcanoes "basaltic," basalt being the prevalent material of which they are formed.
"Volcanoes: Past and Present" by Edward Hull
There is the globe cactus high up on the black basalt rocks, blood-red and fiery as if dyed in the very essence of the sun.
"Through Our Unknown Southwest" by Agnes C. Laut
Its base is an almost perpendicular mass of basaltic rock overlooking the sea, at a height of 150 feet.
"In the Border Country" by W. S. (William Shillinglaw) Crockett
It consists of crudely columnar basalt capped by a kind of marl.
"Etna" by G. F. Rodwell
In one new channel was basaltic rock with a higher moisture content than the magma had encountered before.
"The Flaming Mountain" by Harold Leland Goodwin
In Ireland, the Giants' Causeway is a famous example of basaltic formation.
"Earth and Sky Every Child Should Know" by Julia Ellen Rogers
Figure 9, Plate I., shows the top of the De Beers' crater with basalt overlying the shale.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 4" by Various
PROF. HAWES has proved the existence of metallic iron in the basalt dykes of New Hampshire.
"The Galaxy, April, 1877" by Various
Their essential minerals are those of basalt, viz.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 6" by Various
Up from that machine, if machine it was, soared the black basalt wall of that end of the cavern.
"The Door into Infinity" by Edmond Hamilton

In poetry:

From all natures, sharp and slimy,
Salt and basalt, wild and tame,
Tree, and lichen, ape, sea-lion,
Bird and reptile be my game.
"Mithridates" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Hard by a wall of basalt bars
The night came like a settling bird,
And here he wept and slept and stirred
Faintly beneath the turning stars.
"To His Love Instead Of A Promised Picture-Book" by Edward Powys Mathers
Long since, I lived in lordly porches fronting
With thronged, enormous pillars to the tide,
Where day as in basaltic caverns died
With seaward gleams along the columns shunting.
"Anterior Life (La Vie Anterieure)" by Clark Ashton Smith
And one, from his high bright window looking down
On luminous chasms that cleft the basalt town,
Hearing a sea-like murmur rise,
Desired to leave his dream, descend from the tower,
And drown in waves of shouts and laughter and cries.
"The House Of Dust: Part 01: 04:" by Conrad Potter Aiken
A wilderness of weird, fantastic shapes,
Of precipice and stern declivity;
Of dizzy heights, and towering minarets;
Colossal columns and basaltic spires
Which pointing heavenward, appeared to wave
In benediction o'er the depths beneath.
"Grandeur." by Alfred Castner King
His face was like the carven face upon the basalt door;--
Her beauty could not charm him, her voice had lost its power;
So she wrapped a veil about her and entreated him no more
But sat alone and watched, from out her window in the tower.
"In Egypt" by Virna Sheard

In news:

Alura Potamkin, right, of Aspen and Jessie Bright of Basalt ogle part of a mammoth skeleton Wednesday at the Snowmass Water and Sanitation District building.
Basalt wine merchant Ronald Phillip Wallace, 47, has pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges in Los Angeles.
Basalt carbon monoxide poisoning was accidental.
The Giant's Causeway , at the foot of basalt cliffs in Northern Ireland, is made up of 40,000 black basalt columns jutting out of the ocean.
Basalt gives explanation for concealing report on police chief .
Basalt gives explanation for concealing report on police chief.
Basalt bakery's demise turns sweet for others.
Last week, the Colorado Immigrant Right's Coalition, or CIRC held a rally in front of the Garfield County courthouse, to protest the deportation of a Basalt woman.
Woody Creek Distillers is close to starting production after spending the past six months converting a former furniture store in the Mid Valley Business Center in Basalt into its home.
An angler tries his luck in the Fryingpan River above Basalt Friday afternoon.
BASALT — The rivalry is alive and well.
Should Durango take inspiration from Basalt and limit vehicle idling to 120 seconds.
Basalt isn't the only Colorado town with an idling limit.
White, Almond, Sunlight, Ice Grey, Biscuit, Mexican Sand, Cashmere, Sandbar, Tea Green, Skylight, Black Black, Wild Rose, Innocent Blush, Sea Salt, Basalt, Cane Sugar.
This panoramic river area, with its soaring basalt cliffs and striking golden hills, has become a desirable area for vacationers.

In science:

Herndon, J. M., Nuclear georeactor origin of oceanic basalt 3He/4He, evidence, and implications”, Proc.
Nature of Planetary Matter and Magnetic Field Generation in the Solar System
To lift up arbitrary masses, like basalt stones, may sound as a waste of energy, however it should again be pointed out that of course a great part of the energy is regained in the process of converting the corresponding potential energy into electrical energy.
Storing unsteady energy, like photovoltaically generated electric energy, as potential energy
Such a model accounts for the basaltic maria which face the Earth, and the aluminum-rich highlands on the Moon’s far side, and for a 2 km offset between the observed center of mass and center of figure for the Moon.
The Confrontation between General Relativity and Experiment
We have also added an equation of state to model the basalt and iron material in planetary cores (Tillotson 1962).
SNSPH: A Parallel 3-D Smoothed Particle Radiation Hydrodynamics Code
We often meet in very nice places to search out new lattices, such as the marble/basalt arrays here in the Azores or the environment shown in Figure 7 from the 2004 meeting in this series.
So you want to be a lattice theorist?