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Pumice specimens from the Lipari islands, Italy. Pumice is an igneous rock with a highly porous structure resulting from trapped gas bubbles as the lava was being ejected. The rock is usually very light & buoyant in water. Specimens are supplied in a card tray with label.
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Pumice forms when super heated, highly pressurised lava is violently ejected from a volcano. The porous nature of pumice occurs because of simultaneous rapid cooling and rapid depressurization. The depressurization creates bubbles by lowering the solubility of gases (including water and CO2) that are dissolved in the lava, causing the gases to rapidly exsolve. The simultaneous cooling and depressurization freezes the bubbles in the matrix. Submarine eruptions can produce vast quantities of rapidly cooled pumice which floats to the surface creating shipping hazards.
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Pumice thin section slide exhibiting the highly vesicular nature of this extrusive igneous rock. Pumice lavas tend to be silicic or felsic which are highly viscous thus do not allow the gas bubbles to escape efficiently.This material was collected from the Lipari islands of Italy.
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Accretionary lapilli tuff is an igneous pyroclastic rock, these samples come from Longsleddle, Cumbria in the UK and forms when hot ash and debris is ejected from as volcano. Some of this material is held together by moisture and once heavy enough, falls into the ash below forming small ‘spots’ within the material, creating a speckled rock. The samples are suitable both for young and serious collectors as well as educational use and are supplied in various sizes with a card tray and label.
69 in stock
Grey granite rock specimens from Scotland, featuring the main mineral components expected in granite such as quartz, feldspar and mica. The quartz is slightly smokey, giving the specimens an overall grey appearance. Available in 3 optional size.
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Graphic granite is an igneous pegmatite rock from Iveland, Norway, which forms in intrusive batholithic bodies that have a felsic composition. As such, the rock is mainly composed of quartz and orthoclase feldspar crystals and lacks any mica, making the rock leucocratic. These samples have what is known as a graphic texture, due to the formation of the crystals, which result in an appearance similar to that of cuneiform text which was once used by ancient human cultures. A brightly coloured, eye catching rock, the samples are suitable for collectors and educational use at higher levels and come available in three sizes. Each specimens is supplied in a card tray with an information label.
95 in stock
Bytownite basalt is another variation of the common Basalt rock. These particular samples come from Cumbria and are available in a range of sizes.
198 in stock
Gabbro igneous rock specimens from Balmedie quarry, Aberdeen, Scotland which exhibit a coars grained texture from the crystals. Formed as a mafic pluton intrusion, the samples contain pyroxenes such as augite along side plagioclase feldspar, amphibole and olivine crystals. They are derived from a body known as the Belhelvie basic intrusion which the parent unit being the Caledonian Supersuite. Samples exhibit a grey colouration and density and are suitable for the more serious or professional collector or higher educational use to differentiate similar looking igneous rocks with different compositions and origins. Available in three sizes, the specimens come supplied in a card tray with an information label.
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Amygdaloidal basalt is an igneous rock which is extrusive in nature, these specimens formed over 60 million years ago during the Tertiary period and come from Ireland. They are part of the Antrim lava group and exhibit a dark colouration with occurrences of amygdales containing quartz and calcite crystals. As a basalt they are somewhat dense, but lighter than pure samples due to the cavities within them which formed as a result of gaseous activity during their ejection. Over time, hydrothermal fluids pass through the rock and minerals form within the cavities, which gives the usually dark coloured rock a speckled appearance. These samples are available in various sizes and are suitable for higher educational use to detail the subtle differences between similar igneous rocks, they come supplied in a card tray with an information label.
73 in stock
Rhyolite specimens found in Cumbria. Rhyolite is a felsic (silica rich) rock, often formed in highly explosive volcanoes. Specimens are supplied in a card tray with label.
76 in stock
Olivine dolerite igneous rock specimens from Clee Hill, Shropshire, UK, composed of pyroxene minerals such as augite and magnetite as well as plagioclase feldspar. The samples are fine grained and crystalline in texture with a dense weight and black colouration. Similar in appearance to gabbro and basalt, the rock samples are suitable for serious collectors or higher level education to explain the difference in chemistry and mineralogy of igneous rocks. The samples are available in three sizes and supplied in a card tray with an information label.
70 in stock
Biotite granite from Spain exhibiting plagioclase feldspar, quartz and biotite mica, specimens have been cut and polished on one surface allowing easy viewing of the crystals without the aid of magnification.
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Hand size specimens of the big feldspar variant of gabbro, samples were collected from Carrock fell, Cumbria, UK and can be supplied in 3 sizes.
75 in stock
A variation of gabbro, Troctolite consists of olivine and plagioclase along with small amounts of pyroxene. It is a coarsed grained rock and are supplied in a 2″ x 2″ white card tray.
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Pink Granite, rich in potassium feldspars giving the distinctive pink hue, easily identifiable as a granite due to its mineral composition. Specimens come from Scotland and are supplied in a card tray with label.
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Microgranite, exhibiting typical granite composition of quartz, feldspar and mica, however the crystals range from medium to fine grained, hence the name. Specimens come from Wales and are available in 3 optional sizes.
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