clast

noun
\ˈklast \

Definition of clast 

: a fragment of rock

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Researchers believe that the serpentine found in the clasts could form at depths of up to 12.5 miles down, where the subducting slab lies below the volcano. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "How Low Can Life Go? New Study Suggests Six Miles Down," 18 Apr. 2017 There is a lot of great information on the eruption on a website hosted by the University of Tokyo (Japanese – try Google Translate) that has compositional data and images of clasts from the eruption – Erik Klemetti, WIRED, "Expanded evacuations as the Kirishima eruption continues," 31 Jan. 2011 Researchers believe that the serpentine found in the clasts could form at depths of up to 12.5 miles down, where the subducting slab lies below the volcano. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "How Low Can Life Go? New Study Suggests Six Miles Down," 18 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of clast

1952, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clast

Greek klastos broken, from klan to break; perhaps akin to Latin clades disaster

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