igneous rock

[(ig-nee-uhs)]

Rocks formed by the cooling and solidifying of molten materials. Igneous rocks can form beneath the Earth's surface, or at its surface, as lava.

Note

Granite, solid volcanic lava, and basalt are examples of igneous rock.
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