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

  • The basalt cliffs in Fukui prefecture, north of Kyoto on the western coast of Japan, are a well-known site for suicide in a country with one of the highest suicide rates in the .
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • Steve Squyres in Xinhua
    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...

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