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Basanite

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Colour:
Black
Tephritic rocks, with felsics comprising 10-60% foids and alkali feldspar/total feldspar <0.1, >10% olivine

A black flinty jasper or chert once used for estimating the purity of gold alloys.
Not to be confused with bassanite, the mineral, or basanite [glossary item missing], the basaltic rock.


Classification of Basanite

Basanite appears in field 14 in the QAPF diagram.^TAS

Sub-divisions of Basanite

Mineralogy of Basanite

Essential minerals - these are minerals that are required within the classification of this rock:
FeldsparA petrological term for Feldspar Group.
FeldspathoidA family of rock-forming minerals consisting of aluminosilicates of sodium, potassium, or calcium and having too ...
Olivine(Mg,Fe2+)2SiO4

Physical Properties of Basanite

Colour:
Black

Other Names for Basanite

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References for Basanite

Reference List:
Dana's System of Mineralogy 4th edition, 1854

Internet Links for Basanite

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