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   Granite is a common type of felsic intrusive igneous rock which is granular and phaneritic in texture. The word (GRANITE) come from latin granum,a grain, in reference to the coarse-grained structure of such a holocrystalline rock. The term granite also applies to a group of intrusive igneous rocks with similar textures and slight variations on composition and origin. These rocks mainly consist of feldspar,quartz,mica and amphibole minerals.These form interlocking somewhat equigranular matrix of feldspar and quartz with scattered darker biotite mica and amphibole(often hornblende) peppering the lighter color minerals. Occasionally some individual crystals(phenocrysts)are larger than the groundmass,in which case the texture is known as porphyritic.A granitic rock with a porphyritic texture is known as agranite porphyry. Granites can be predominantly white,pink,or gray in color,depending on their mineralogy.By definition, granite is an igneos rock with at least 20% quartz and up to 65% alkali feldspar by volume. Granite differs from granodiorite in that at least 35% of the feldspar in granite is alkali feldspar as opposed to plagioclase;it is the potassium feldspar that gives many granites a distinctive pink color.The extrusive igneous rock equivalent of granite is rhyolite.

 Granite is nearly always massive( lacking any internal structures),hard and tough, and therefore it has gained widespread use throughout human history,and more recently as a construction stone.The average density of granite is between 2.65 and 2.75 g/cm3,its compressive strength usually lies above 200 MPa,and its viscosity near STP is 3-6 .10Pa.s. Melting temperature is or 1215-1260C.
Granite has poor primary permeability but strong secondary permeability. Granitoid is a general,descriptive field term for lighter-colored, coarse-grained igneous rocks. Petrographic examination is required for identification of specific types of granitoids.