What is lava rock called?


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Rocks formed from magma in the Earth's mantle are called igneous rocks. However, there are different types of magma. Lava rocks can be basalt, andesite or rhyolite.

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Basalt rocks form the Earth's crust. They are heavy, dark and grainy. The dark color of this type of rock comes from its high magnesium and iron content. Andesites have a lighter color compared to basalt because they contain more silica and less iron.

Rhyolites are light-colored or white. These rocks don't have much iron or magnesium; instead, they contain a lot of silica. Some rhyolitic rocks are very light because of the bubbles of gas that were trapped as they solidified.

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