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Primary rocks

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Primary rocks (Geol) a term early used for rocks supposed to have been first formed, being crystalline and containing no organic remains, as granite, gneiss, etc.; -- called also primitive rocks. The terms Secondary Tertiary, and Quaternary rocks have also been used in like manner, but of these the last two only are now in use.
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Usage

In literature:

I found no primary rocks on my way from Green Bay to Prairie du Chien.
"Personal Memoirs Of A Residence Of Thirty Years With The Indian Tribes On The American Frontiers" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
Of basaltic formation; whilst the rocks that prevail to the eastward are of primary character.
"Discoveries in Australia, Volume 2" by John Lort Stokes
In granite, and other primary rocks, many, but small springs, are usually seen.
"The Art of Travel" by Francis Galton
The name Plutonic or Massive rocks is, however, now almost universally substituted for that of Primary.
"Young Folks' Library, Volume XI (of 20)" by Various
If the land was all covered still with primary rocks we might do so.
"The Birth-Time of the World and Other Scientific Essays" by J. (John) Joly
Weathering softens the primary rocks, making it possible to separate the gem stones from the matrix.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
The Highlander was never wealthy: the inhabitants of a wild mountainous district, formed of the primary rocks, never are.
"My Schools and Schoolmasters" by Hugh Miller
Keith's religion, however, was in the primary rocks.
"The Galaxy, April, 1877" by Various
Primary fossiliferous rocks, fossils of, 114.
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell
Keith's religion, however, was in the primary rocks.
"Rodman the Keeper" by Constance Fenimore Woolson
Primary rocks are common all through Iburi and Hidaka.
"Alone with the Hairy Ainu" by A. H. Savage Landor
From the earliest periods of rock working, the quest for minerals and metals was the primary force that drove men underground.
"Tunnel Engineering. A Museum Treatment" by Robert M. Vogel
From the earliest periods of rock working, the quest for minerals and metals was the primary force that drove men underground.
"Smithsonian Institution - United States National Museum - Bulletin 240" by Anonymous
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In news:

ROCKFORD — Candidate filing for the Feb 26 primary election continued Tuesday across the Rock River Valley, mostly in Boone County.
Worldwide production of phosphate rock — the primary source of phosphorus in fertilizer — jumped from 40 million tons in 1960 to an estimated 191 million tons last year, according toU.
Longshot Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul has gained serious ground in the early primary states – rocking an already volatile GOP race.
Longshot Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul has gained serious ground in the early primary states - rocking an already volatile GOP race.
Darcy Malone Boye, lead singer of local rock band The Tangle, keeps her primary creative collaborator close at hand: She is married to her co-writer, Christopher Boye, The Tangle 's lead guitarist.
Cutbacks at the Castle Rock Library are anticipated next month after the failure of a $56,000 tax levy during August's primary election.
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