- a large body of intrusive igneous rock believed to have crystallized at a considerable depth below the earth's surface; pluton.
Origin of batholith
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Upon the southwestern border of the batholith the number of aplitic dikes greatly increases.The Andes of Southern Peru
- a very large irregular-shaped mass of igneous rock, esp granite, formed from an intrusion of magma at great depth, esp one exposed after erosion of less resistant overlying rocks
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- A large mass of igneous rock that has intruded and melted surrounding strata at great depths. Batholiths usually have a surface area of over 100 km2 (38 mi2).
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