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July 14, 2011

Geology Word of the Week: G is for Glomeroporphyritic

def. Glomeroporphyritic: A textural term used to describe igneous rocks that contain clusters of phenocrysts, which are large crystals in a finer-grained matrix or groundmass. Glomeroporphyritic is one of my favorite geology words. I love this word because it’s such a funny, complicated-looking word, and it’s so much fun to say. Sometimes, I manage to say “glomeroporphyritic” perfectly. Other times, I stumble over the tongue-twister of the word, saying something …

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