One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A magnesium-rich extrusive rock, typically with a characteristic texture of criss-crossing olivine crystals.
- ‘We have developed a mathematical model to evaluate the flow and erosional potential of submarine, channelized komatiite lavas at Kambalda, Western Australia.’
- ‘The nature and distribution of vesicles in thick komatiite flows indicates two stages of vesiculation.’
- ‘This rhythmic layering is common within komatiite flows at Kambalda, and is inferred to reflect incremental emplacement by endogenous growth.’
- ‘Alternative origins include secondary influx due to devolatization, physical incorporation, and/or thermal incorporation of sediment resulting from komatiite lava flow on hydrous sediments.’
1960s: from Komati (the name of a river in southern Africa) + -ite.
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