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  1. phaneritic(Adjective)

    (Geology, mineralogy) A term that refers to the mineral grain size of igneous rocks. Phaneritic rocks have grains large enough to see with the unaided eye.


  1. Phaneritic

    Phaneritic is a term usually used to refer to igneous rock grain size. It means that the size of matrix grains in the rock are large enough to be distinguished with the unaided eye as opposed to aphanitic. This texture forms by slow cooling of magma deep underground in the plutonic environment. It may also be applied to metamorphic rocks with the same definition.


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