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Relating to or containing a group of dark-colored silicate minerals, composed chiefly of magnesium and iron, that occur in igneous rocks, including hornblende, pyroxene, olivine, and biotite.

[ma(gnesium) + Latin f(errum), iron + -ic.]


(Geological Science) a collective term for minerals present in igneous rock
(Geological Science) relating to igneous rocks or silicate minerals


(ˈmæf ɪk)

of or pertaining to rocks rich in dark, ferromagnesian minerals.
[1910–15; ma(gnesium) + Latin f(errum) iron + -ic]
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The company president and chief executive officer, Mike Muzylowski, said, 'These sulphides, hosted in mafic rock on folded structures north of the Fox River Sill, are compelling.
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Analogs of basalt-rhyolite systems experimentally studied by Huppert and Sparks (1988) showed that fingers of hot mafic rock rise through the overlying salic melt carrying salic material along with them.
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The mineralisation is hosted in weakly sheared mafic rocks with quartz veining and silicification.
Jim's Find is a virgin discovery and manifests as a mineralised shear zone in mafic rocks.
Chemical signatures from its plume indicated that its source is mafic rocks, so named because they are rich in magnesium and iron (ferric), which are typically formed by lava erupting at the seafloor.