Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Batholith

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_136

A batholith is a large mass of intrusive rock. The exposed outcrop area can exceed 100 km2, and it is usually oblong in map view. Batholiths are often located in uplifted areas of orogenic fold belts, and their orientation is consistent with or similar to the fold axis. Granite is the most common type of rock in batholiths.

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