Pele's hair

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Pele's hair


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.

Synonyms and Related Terms

mineral wool


  • 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

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