basalt basalt  /bə ˈsɔlt/


  • (n) the commonest type of solidified lava; a dense dark grey fine-grained igneous rock that is composed chiefly of plagioclase feldspar and pyroxene


  1. There were few faults or fissures; most of the rock was epidosite and greenstone, a local name for a Precambrian basalt that had metamorphosed into an extremely dense formation.
  2. Guests are welcomed with a glass of champagne, perhaps followed by a basalt-stone massage, a water-bed exfoliating treatment or a marine-mud pack.
  3. Found in 1868 at the ruins of biblical Dibon and later fractured, the basalt stone wound up in the Louvre, where Lemaire spent seven years studying it.


  1. Mark Kittle fills opening on Basalt Town Council

    Scott Condon/The Aspen Times Mark Kittle is sworn in Tuesday as a Basalt Town Councilman. He was appointed to fill out a term after Anne Freedman resigned.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Aspen Times

  2. Eagle County commish candidates visit Basalt

    Five applicants for an Eagle County commissioner seat will be interviewed in Basalt on Wednesday in a process open to public observation.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: The Aspen Times

  3. Editorial: Basalt leadership failed in Roderick O’Connor ordeal

    Basalt taxpayers paid a steep price for a lack of leadership in Town Hall over the Roderick O’Connor ordeal.
    on June 7, 2013     Source: The Aspen Times

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  • "When basalt erupts, it often does so as very fluid lava, rather than erupting explosively," said Steve Squyres, the principal investigator for the rovers' science instruments. "One way for basaltic lava to cause an explosion is for it to...
    on May 4, 2007 By: Steve Squyres Source: Xinhua

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