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Glossary - Dacite

Dacite

Volcanic rock (or lava) that characteristically is light in color and contains 62 to 69 percent silica and moderate amounts of sodium and potassium. Dacite lavas are viscous and tend to form thick blocky lava flows or steep-sided piles of lava called lava domes. Dacitic magmas tend to erupt explosively, thus also ejecting abundant ash and pumice.

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