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A light-colored volcanic rock composed largely of feldspars.

pho′no·lit′ic (-lĭt′ĭk) adj.
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(Geological Science) a fine-grained volcanic igneous rock consisting of alkaline feldspars and nepheline
[C19: via French from German Phonolith; see phono-, -lite]
phonolitic adj
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(ˈfoʊn lˌaɪt)

a fine-grained volcanic rock composed chiefly of alkali feldspar and nepheline.
[1820–30; < French < German Phonolith. See phono-, -lite]
pho`no•lit′ic (-ˈɪt ɪk) adj.
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The rock is phonolite, and is divided into irregular columns.
von Wilpert K, Lukes M (2003) Ecochemical effects of phonolite rock powder, dolomite and potassium sulfate in a spruce stand on an acidified glacial loam.
Low fluoride levels in the three rivers (Temi, Nduruma, and Tengeru) in both seasons are mainly caused by low fluoride composition in the phonolite feldspar rocks which predominate at the upstream main catchment areas of these rivers, thus discharging low fluorides amount in water.
Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate potassium solubilization (K) of phonolite rock by strains of associative nitrogen fixing bacteria supplied with two different carbon sources.
A value of 0.7 was assigned to the upper phonolite rock type and 0.5 to the lower phonolite rock classes, with the free function-based geologic reclassification results shown in Figure 17(a).
The type at Erebus is known as "phonolite." To understand how it morphed from a primitive liquid rock into this evolved state, Oppenheimer's team has been applying some forensic geochemistry to samples of the erupted rock and to gases bubbling from the lava lake.
Two main lineages are apparent for the potassic rock-types (Figure 5 and inset (II)): (1) a silica undersatured lineage (B-P) ranging from basanite to phonolite and peralkaline phonolite and (2) a silica-saturated lineage (AB-T) ranging from alkali basalt to trachyphonolite and trachyte [13,42,44].
Quaternary alluvium (sand, silt, clay, gravel) and alluvial fan deposits occur along the southern border, Quaternary--Tertiary gravel and conglomerate in the northeast corner, and scattered areas of Oligocene intrusive rocks (basalt, trachyte, felsic volcanic rock, rhyolite, phonolite) are located in the west (Fig.
Either way, the magma that formed the tower cooled slowly over thousands of years, crystallizing into what geologists call phonolite porphyry, each crystal contracting to form the hexagonal columns of the Towers sides.