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Scoria Jesse Russell

Scoria

Jesse Russell

Published June 18th 2012
ISBN : 9785512467206
Paperback
120 pages
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High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Scoria is a volcanic rock containing many holes or vesicles. It is most generally dark in color (generally dark brown, black or red), and basaltic or andesitic in composition. Scoria is relatively low inMoreHigh Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Scoria is a volcanic rock containing many holes or vesicles. It is most generally dark in color (generally dark brown, black or red), and basaltic or andesitic in composition. Scoria is relatively low in mass as a result of its numerous macroscopic ellipsoidal vesicles, but in contrast to pumice, all scoria has a specific gravity greater than 1, and sinks in water. The holes or vesicules form when gases that were dissolved in the magma come out of solution as it erupts, creating bubbles in the molten rock, some of which are frozen in place as the rock chills and solidifies. Scoria may form as part of a lava flow, typically near its surface, or as fragmental ejecta (lapilli, blocks and bombs), for instance in Strombolian eruptions that form steep-sided scoria cones. Most scoria is composed of glassy fragments, and may contain phenocrysts.