crystal settling

crystal settling

[¦krist·əl ¦set·liŋ]
(geology)
Sinking of crystals in magma from the liquid in which they formed, by the action of gravity.
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The feldspar/magma density paradox and evidence of crystal settling: layering, lamination, channel scouring.
The crystal settling speeds were based primarily on the data published by Hogan (1994).