Characteristics of Andesite
Many rocks have distinct characteristics. Some of the Properties of Andesite are hardness, structure, streak, fracture etc. Andesite is significant as it is composed of minerals and has variety of uses in our day to day life. The characteristics of Andesite plays an important role in its identification.
The hardness of Andesite is 7 on Moh’s hardness scale. Rocks according to their hardness are divided into:Hard Rocks, Soft Rocks and Rocks with Medium Hardness.
Fracture of Andesite rock is uneven. Its specific heat capacity is 2.39 kJ/Kg K. Andesite is heat resistant, pressure resistant, wear resistant. Some of its uses are:
- Interior Uses: Decorative aggregates, Floor tiles, Homes, Interior decoration and Kitchens.
- Construction Industry: Cobblestones, Construction aggregate, For road aggregate.
Know more about Andesite rock in the next section.
More About Andesite
Andesite is a type of Igneous Rocks. The color of rock is one of its important property. Andesite rock is available in bluish - grey, grey, pink, yellow colors. It is Dull and Soft in appearance. The Andesite mineral content includes Amphibole, Apatite, Biotite, Feldspar, Garnet, Hornblade, Ilmenite, Magnetite, Plagioclase, Pyroxene, Zircon. Its compound content includes Silicon Dioxide. Let’s move on to the types of Andesite. The types of Andesite include Icelandite.
Fossils are the remains of prehistoric plants or animals which are embedded in rock and preserved in petrified form. Fossils are found only in sedimentary rocks. As Andesite belongs to Igneous Rocks, fossils are not found in it.