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A gray to black igneous rock composed primarily of Plagioclase. Basanite is found in Spain, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand, and the southwestern United States and has been used as a Touchstone.

Synonyms and Related Terms

basanita (Esp.); basanite (Port.),Bassanit (Deut.)

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
  • Encyclopedia Britannica, Comment: "Basanite." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2004. Encyclopædia Britannica Premium Service. 9 May 2004 .

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