An unusual rock made of mineral fibers. Pele's hair is a mass of golden-brown fibers of basalt glass that are formed from the lava spray of basaltic magma during a volcanic eruption. It was named after the volcanic eruption of Mount Pele on Martinique in 1981.
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- G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 513
- R.F.Symmes, T.T.Harding, Paul Taylor, Rocks, Fossils and Gems, DK Publishing, Inc., New York City, 1997
- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, at http://www.wikipedia.com Comment: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pele%27s_hair (Accessed Mar. 20, 2006)