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What is a latholith?  

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chloekernel | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 19, 2013 at 3:48 AM via web

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What is a latholith?

 

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ncchemist | eNotes Employee

Posted June 19, 2013 at 10:40 PM (Answer #1)

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From what I can tell, a latholith is more commonly referred to as a laccolith.  This is a geological formation that results from liquid magma rising through an underground crack in the Earth's crust called a dike.  The magma is forced up through the dike and collects between two layers of sedimentary rock where it cools to form igneous rock.  As a result, the overlying rock layers are pushed upward to form a dome-like shape on the surface called a laccolith (or latholith).  One classic example of an eroded laccolith is the Devil's Tower rock formation in Wyoming.

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