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.
Basalt has a greater specific gravity than granite?
Basalt does have a greater specific gravity. Granite is not as dense as basalt. ...
Asked in Erosion and Weathering
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. ...
Asked in Weight and Mass
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. ...
Asked in Geology, Earthquakes, Plate Tectonics
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. ...
Asked in Geology, Geophysics, Atmospheric Sciences
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. ...
Asked in Plate Tectonics
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. ...
Asked in Geology, Earth Sciences, Earthquakes
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. ...
Asked in Geology
Does granite or basalt weather more rapidly and why?
Basalt will weather more rapid because of the variations in the rock composition ...
Asked in Earth Sciences, Geology
How are Ocean floor rocks are different from continental rocks?
Oceanic crust is composed primarily of the dense volcanic rock basalt. Continental crust is composed primarily of the intrusive igneous rock granite, less dense than basalt. ...
Asked in Geology, The Difference Between
What is the difference between granite and basalt?
Percentage of silicates. Granite has more silicates and is lighter than basalt. Additionally, granite is an intrusive igneous rock, forming from magma cooling underground while basalt is extrusive, forming from lava cooling above ground. ...