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Definition of "dacite" [dacite]

  • A light gray volcanic rock containing a mixture of plagioclase and other crystalline minerals in glassy silica, similar in appearance to rhyolite. (noun)
  • An igneous, volcanic rock characteristically light in colour with relatively high silica content (noun)

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Use "dacite" in a sentence
  • "Basalt magma typically generates very little ash compared to other types (andesite, dacite, and rhyolite)."
  • "For example, volcanic eruptions range from (1) effusion of lava fountains and flows with very little ash erupted, typical of basaltic magma eruptions; to (2) extremely explosive eruptions that inject large quantities of ash high into the stratosphere, typical of rhyolite and dacite magmatic eruptions."
  • "An intrusive complex of dacite with sedimentary and metamorphic rocks of Palaeozoic age comprise the predominant rock forms."
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