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Granitic Rock Outcrops

Joshua Tree National Park

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Granitic Outcrops Near Ryan Mountain TrailheadGrant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site >
Granitic Rock Outcrops
"Granitic" rock outcrops along Park Avenue located 3 miles east of the West Entrance Station. Rocks of many ages and compositions crop out in Joshua Tree National Park. Many of the popular areas are in outcrop areas of intrusive igneous rocks that range in composition and texture. Technically they range in different forms of granites, granodiorites, mozonites, diorites, and tonalities. However, for without detailed analysis the best catch-all work used by most texts is simply granite, or better, granitic, to describe the coarse, granular fabric (aphanitic) consisting of a mix of feldspar, quartz, mica, hornblende, and other intrusive igneous minerals that crystallized from the cooling of magma deep in the subsurface.


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