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TitleBasalt layer containing ultramafic xenoliths, Elephant Butte, New Mexico
DescriptionThis interesting basalt unit (dark layer) is about 1 meter thick. It contains abundant xenoliths of different lithologies. The most common are (mantle)lherzolites, and (crustal) granulites. The basalt cuts across the apparent bedding in the surrounding country rock, but has been described as a flow in some literature.
LocationUSA ▹ New Mexico. Near Truth or Consequences.
PhotographerDexter Perkins. 2004.
Key wordsxenolith, ultramafic, lherzolite, granulite, Elephant Butte
Tech details688 KB. Outcrop.
GeoDIL number3115