Dike in a granite

  • Exhibition Text

    • This rock is a granite that solidified between 350 and 320 million years ago. More than 120 million years later, molten basaltic rock forced its way upward through a fracture to form a gray-black dike in the granite. Note the difference between the fine-grained margins of the dike, which cooled quickly against the cold granite, and its coarser-grained interior, in which slower cooling allowed crystals to grow larger.

      Provided by Royalty Granite, Elberton, Georgia

      Show more
  • For Educators

    • Topic: Earth Science

      Subtopic: Earth Formation/Evolution

      Keywords: Dikes (Geology), Magmas, Granite

      Audience: General