WHAT IS BASALT?
Basalt is the New "All Purpose" Construction Material!!
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What is Basalt?
Basalt is a dark coloured mafic igneous rock with minor silica content formed by the rapid cooling of lava enriched by Magnesium and Iron. Within a few weeks it forms into a solid rock bearing similarities to gabbro rock.
Covering 90% of volcanic rock on our planet earth, this bedrock has been produced in three rock environments being; Oceanic Hotspots, Mantle plumes and Hotspots underneath Continents and Oceanic divergent boundaries.
It can be an intrusive and extrusive rock consisting of either small or large crystals while maintaining a hard surface. Basalt rock is known for its strength, durability and its thermal properties resulting in being a top contender for use in a range of products.
Historic examples include Basalt being used in construction by the Romans with their theaters in Bosra, Syria and as pavement stones in Rome, Italy . Another example is in the cold war the Soviet Union researched the properties of basalt fibers and its versatility to be used as an alternative resource for ballistic resistant products.
Presently, crushed basalt has been used already as a filter stone for drainage, road bases and in pavement. Its form can be cut into slabs and used for flooring even veneers. With its structure it can be used as a composite for different products (Guru, 2017).
The Basalt Rock can be formed into following products / applications:
- Chopped Fibre
- Protective coating
- Basalt roving
- Sheets / Plates
This sustainable product meets the eco-friendly needs for the betterment of our planet and communities. At Anglo Tasman we are interested in implementing this incredible resource into projects to decrease carbon footprint and utilize what nature has provided.