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Basalt is denser than granite because basalt is a an oceanic type of rock so it has had more pressure from the ocean making it denser than granite because granite is a continental type of rock.

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Is basalt or granite more dense?

Basalt is more dense

Which is more dense granite or basalt?


Why is Granite less dense than Basalt?

Basalt has more magnesium and iron and granite is felsic.

Is granite denser than basalt?

Granite is less dense than basalt.

Basalt has a greater specific gravity than granite?

Basalt does have a greater specific gravity. Granite is not as dense as basalt.

Is granite less dense than basalt?

Granite is very much less dense than basalt. This is why the continental crust (mostly composed of granite) floats on Oceanic crust (made mostly of basalt). Granite is 70 % silicon. Where basalt is mainly pyroxene.

What would happen if a plate made of granite and a plate made of basalt collided?

Basalt is more dense than granite as it contains more iron and magnesium. This means that it is likely that the more dense basaltic plate would be forced under the less dense granitic plate.

What is less dense water basalt iron or granite?

Water is less dense than any of the other materials listed.In order of density from least to highest:Water (least dense)GraniteBasaltIron (most dense)

Which rock has more silica granite or basalt?

Granite has more silica than basalt in it.

Which would take up more space a pound of granite or a pound of basalt?

Since basalt is more dense than graphite, a pound of basalt would take up less space.

What rock has more silica granite or basalt?

Granite is higher in silica than is basalt.

Why are granite and basalt different?

They are formed from different magmas with different characteristics. Granite contains more silicates than basalt. Basalt has more iron and magnesium. Granite is an intrusive igneous rock. Basalt is an extrusive igneous rock.

Which rock cooled more quickly granite or basalt?


Why did the oceanic place slip under the continental plate?

The basalt of the oceanic plate is more dense than the granite in the continental plate.

How does the composition of crust affect its density?

Density is basically weight. Basaltic oceanic crust is more dense than granitic continental crust because basalt is more dense (heavier) than granite.

The material on the surface of the moon is similar to 'basalt' or 'granite'?


Why is the oceanic crust primarily composed of basalt while the continental crust is composed primarily of granite?

Basalt is very dense while granite is lighter and can "float" on the basaltic oceanic crust. The Continental plates shift with the oceanic plates as the heavier basalt sub-ducts under the lighter granite.

Does granite have more silica then basalt?

Granite. Because Granite is found where magma that is high in silica is present, while Basalt is found where lava that is low in silica is present.

Why is more oceanic crust more dense than continental crust?

Oceanic crust averages 3 grams per cubic centimeter, Continental crust averages 2.7 grams per cubic centimeter. The difference lies in the rock which composes each type of crust. Oceanic crust is mainly basalt and continental crust is more like granite. Basalt is more dense (heavier) than granite.

Is granite a basaltic rock?

No, Basalt and Granite are both igneous rocks but Basalt is basic and Granite is acidic

Does granite or basalt weather more rapidly and why?

Basalt will weather more rapid because of the variations in the rock composition

What does basalt and granite have in common?

Basalt and Granite are igneous rocks which are very hard.

Is granite and basalt found in volcanoes?

Granite and basalt are both igneous rocks; however, basalt is considered a volcanic rock, and granite is considered a plutonic rock.

What type of grain do granite and basalt have?

Granite - coarse grained. Basalt - fine grained.

Is granite in basalt?

No. Granite and basalt have different compositions and form under different circumstances.