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A gray, fine-grained volcanic rock consisting chiefly of plagioclase feldspar and one or more mafic minerals.

[After the Andes.]
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(ˈændɪˌzaɪt) or


(Geological Science) a fine-grained tan or grey volcanic rock consisting of plagioclase feldspar, esp andesine, amphibole, and pyroxene
[C19: from Andes + -ite1]
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(ˈæn dəˌzaɪt)

a dark volcanic rock composed essentially of plagioclase feldspar and one or more mafic minerals.
[1840–50; after the Andes; see -ite1]
an`de•sit′ic (-ˈzɪt ɪk) adj.
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A dark, fine-grained rock, taking its name from the Andes Mountains.
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igneous rock - rock formed by the solidification of molten magma
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Host rocks include Jurassic-Cretaceous meta-sedimentary rock units including argillite, shale, quartzite, limestone, quartz pebble conglomerate and andesite. Younger intrusive rock consisting of medium coarse-grained granodiorite-granite is present in the westerly parts of the concessions near the historic Cabeza Blanca mine.
We climbed down the ladders to watch a huge mass of water boiling down the black andesite rocks.
Materials: Rock samples (basalt, gabbro, blueschist, eclogite, andesite, granite, peridotite, serpentinite), scales (+/- 0.1 g), cotton thread, 500 mL beaker or plastic container, tap water, retort stand, boss head, clamp
Andesite porphyry and diorite porphyry are the main rock units encountered in the drilled cores are with considerable alteration.
The San Diego County operation mines a unique deposit of andesite, a durable volcanic rock, which is used to make high-strength, high-performance concrete.
Among the most valuable are the imposing but no less abstracted standing figures with their arms held across their chest, such as the compelling grey-green andesite statuette dated 300-100 BC (65,000 [euro]-85,000 [euro]).
Following are the four types of rocks employed for testing: Tage tuff, Ogino tuff, Emochi andesite, and Jingkou sandstone.
To study the deterioration of andesite in recurrent F-T cycles, Yavuz [16] recorded and contrasted porosity, density, water absorption, P-wave velocity, Schmidt hardness, abrasion, and uniaxial compressive strength of rock specimens after every ten cycles.
They determined that their contents of Al, Ti, Rb, Cs, Ba, V, Cr, Co, Ni, Nb, Pb, Th, U, and REE were mostly derived from andesite; their contents of Mg, K, and Mn mostly originated from seawater; and their contents of Fe, Cu, Zn, and Ni were partly derived from magma.
Caption: Left: Rometti Costales, Antonin Atonito, 2015, andesite on ink-jet print, 17 1/2 x 11 5/6 x 3 3/8".