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LION'S HAUNCH BASALT - Edinburgh, Scotland

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LION'S HAUNCH BASALT
  

Part of a lava lake

Athur's Seat, Edinburgh, Scotland

The Lion’s Haunch takes its name from the shape of a crouching lion and runs behind the Lion’s Head of Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano near Edinburgh.

 

The Lion’s Haunch basalt is the remains of a lava lake resting on agglomerate, which is the chief infilling of the Lion’s Haunch Vent. The volcanic activity took place around 340 million years ago when Scotland was close to the equator.

 

The basalt is highly porphyritic, containing the minerals olivine and augite.  This piece is from an old university collection.


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Size:  9.5 x 7 x 5 centimetres
Weight:  239 grams

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