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Igneous dikes

Posted by
Arco-Íris (Leiria, Portugal) on 25 June 2017 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

A dike or dyke, in geological usage, is a sheet of rock that formed in a fracture in a pre-existing rock body. Dikes can be either magmatic or sedimentary in origin. Magmatic dikes form when magma intrudes into a crack then crystallizes as a sheet intrusion, either cutting across layers of rock or through an unlayered mass of rock.