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'EXPLOSION BRECCIA' - Wheal Remfry, St. Austell, Cornwall

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EXPLOSION BRECCIA

Evidence of a violent, high pressure shattering of rock

St Austell, Cornwall

The breccia from Wheal Remfry, near St. Austell in Cornwall is one of Britain's most unusual rocks.  It is thought to originate from hot, molten rock under great pressure deep below the surface.  A sudden release of that pressure - possibly by the molten rock reaching the surface - led to explosive decompression, causing the adjacent rocks to shatter and the mass of hot fluid and rock fragments to surge upwards, rather like champagne being released from a bottle when the cork is removed.  This event occurred about 270 million years ago. 

The fragments are granite and other rocks from great depth. As the pressure fell, the black mineral tourmaline crystallised around the rock debris.  Breccia is the name given to a rock containing fragments cemented together, but few other breccias have been formed in such a dramatic way.

Wheal Remfry is a former china clay pit. This specimen was collected several decades ago when adjacent roadworks revealed some of this remarkable rock.

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Size: 18 x 10 x 5 centimetres
Weight: 955 grams

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