Characteristics of Granite

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Characteristics of Granite
1 It is resistant to the process of weathering
2 granite contains cracks or joints
2.1 Vertical joints are formed when the rock is cooled and contracted
2.2 Horizontal joints are resulted from pressure release as the overlaying rocks were removed by erosion
3 Granite is a tough rock
4 2 continents collided with huge amounts of heat and pressure
4.1 causing rock to melt=intrusive rock of granite
5 Granite has 3 main minerals; grey quartz, black mica and pink feldsar
5.1 Feldsar is vulnerable to chemical weathering and will form clay called kaolin

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