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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.)
Resources and Citations
- The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
- Encyclopedia Britannica, https://www.britannica.com/topic/Britannica-Online Comment: "Basanite." Accessed 9 May 2004.