Gem, Rock, and Mineral Postage Stamps Featuring

Rock Name: Basalt
Composition: A fine-grained, igneous rock formed when lava flows or erupts onto the surface of the earth and cools rapidly. Contains less than 53% silica. Commonly contains olivine, plagioclase, and pyroxene.
Industrial Uses: Crushed stone.
Additional Notes: Basalt is the most common rock type in the Earth's crust. The magma from which basalt forms is most frequently produced by direct melting of the Earth's mantle. Shield volcanos, such as those that make up the Hawaiian islands, are composed almost entirely of basalt.

Afars & Issas Scott 349 Afars & Issas Scott 350
Diabase (Doleritic Basalt)
Afars & Issas
Scott 349
10 francs
22 Nov 1971
Olivine Basalt
Afars & Issas
Scott 350
15 francs
8 Oct 1971

Scott 349 and 350 show thin-sections of rocks viewed under polarized light. Philatelic Mineralogy Copyright © 1997-2010 by Richard Busch