What is a Granite?
Granite is a coarse-grained intrusive igneous rock composed mostly of quartz, alkali feldspar, and plagioclase. It forms from magma with a high content of silica and alkali metal oxides that slowly cools and solidifies underground.
Where Can I Find Granite In South Africa?
Where is granite found in South Africa?
Paarl’s mountain of granite
Paarl Mountain is a very striking example of a granite mountain and belongs to a group of granites known as the Cape Granite intrusion and was formed about 500 million years ago. The Cape Granite intrusion extends from Saldanha Bay in the north to George in the east.
What is the most common rock in South Africa?
Granite is common in Southern Africa and often covers large areas. Because it cooled deep under the earth’s crust, the granite had ample time to crystallize and therefore the granite’s crystals are relatively large.