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A good example of a batholith is in south-west England. Parts are raised above the present-day ground surface in the form of Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor which are connected underground to the Scilly Isles. 19 Copyright © ICE Publishing, all rights reserved. 14 shows smaller igneous intrusions connected to and above the batholith. These represent pathways the magma has taken through the surrounding rock (known as the country rock). These pathways may be controlled by the fracturing and bedding within the country rock and as a result are generally sheet like.
What igneous rocks look like – here the focus is on how these rocks are classified and how to identify/name the key varieties. Where would the civil engineer expect to find igneous rocks? Origins of magma Overview Most magmas originate in the upper mantle by partial melting of rocks. The processes that cause partial melting are: . . pressure-release melting flux melting increase in temperature (associated with hot spots) magma migration and magma rise. Pressure-release melting Along divergent plate boundaries the two plates pull away from each other.
The geometry of the subduction zone is such that the magmatic arc forms on the continent and the compressive stresses may deform the continental margin into a fold mountain chain, such as the Andes. Unlike the ocean–ocean convergence the partial melting of the mantle and downgoing plate now takes place below much thicker continental crust. This results in the intrusion of granitic plutons within the deep roots of the mountain chain. The magmas may rise to the surface resulting in andesitic or even rhyolitic volcanoes.
A short course in soil-structure engineering of deep foundations, excavations and tunnels by Menzies, Bruce Keith; Ng, C. W. W.; Simons, N. E