Dictionary of Geology & Mineralogy by McGraw-Hill Education

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Ba¨rиbərиtə nı¯t } barbierite [MINERAL] NaAlSi3IO8 A hypothetical soda feldspar thought to be isomorphous with orthoclase. { bar bi rı¯t } barchan [GEOL] A crescent-shaped dune or drift of windblown sand or snow, the arms of which point downwind; formed by winds of almost constant direction and of moderate speeds. Also known as barchane; barkhan; crescentic dune. { ba¨r ka¨n } barchane See barchan. { ba¨r ka¨n } bar finger sand [GEOL] An elongated lenticular sand body that lies beneath a distributory in a birdfoot delta.

Afиə nı¯t } aphanitic [PETR] Referring to the texture of an igneous rock in which the crystalline components are not distinguishable by the unaided eye. { afиə nidиik } Aphrosalpingoidea [PALEON] A group of middle Paleozoic invertebrates classified with the calcareous sponges. { ¦afиro¯ sal piŋ go˙idиe¯иə } aphrosiderite See ripidolite. { afиro¯ sidиə rı¯t } aphthitalite [MINERAL] (K,Na)3Na(SO4)2 A white mineral crystallizing in the rhombohedral system and occurring massively or in crystals. { af thidиəl ı¯t } aphyric [PETR] Of the texture of fine-grained igneous rocks, showing two generations of the same mineral but without phenocrysts.

Also known as baryte; barytine; cawk; heavy spar. { ba rı¯t } barite dollar [MINERAL] Barite in the form of rounded disk-shaped masses; formed in a sandstone or sandy shale. { ba rı¯t da¨lиər } barkevikite [MINERAL] A brown or black member of the amphibole mineral group; looks like basaltic hornblende but differs from it in its iron concentration. { ba¨rиkə vi kı¯t } barkhan See barchan. { ba¨r ka¨n } bar plain [GEOL] A plain formed by a stream without a low-water channel or an alluvial cover. { ba¨r pla¯n } barranca [GEOL] A hole or deep break made by heavy rain; a ravine.

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