I15. Basalt - Olivine basalt - Mount Etna volcano
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Description: 

This sample is one of the youngest rocks we have in the collections - it's a Mount Etna basalt erupted in 1974.

In thin section this is a seriate porphyritic rock with phenocrysts of plagioclase, clinopyroxene and olivine in a microcrystalline groundmass of plagioclase, clinopyroxene, magnetite and olivine.

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Mount Etna volcano, Sicily
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Good
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Neogene
Ma = Millions of years ago
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igneous
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