Basalt

Basalt is a common extrusive igneous (volcanic) rock formed from the rapid cooling of basaltic lava exposed at or very near the surface of a planet or moon. By definition, basalt is an aphanitic igneous rock with less than 20% quartz and less than 10% feldspathoid by volume, and where at least 65% of the feldspar is in the form of plagioclase.

(In comparison, granite has more than 20% quartz by volume.) Basalt is usually grey to black in colour, but rapidly weathers to brown or rust-red due to oxidation of its mafic (iron-rich) minerals into rust. It almost always has a fine-grained mineral texture due to the molten rock cooling too quickly for large mineral crystals to grow, although it can sometimes be porphyritic, containing the larger crystals formed prior to the extrusion that brought the lava to the surface, embedded in a finer-grained matrix.

Basalt with a vesicular or frothy texture is called scoria, and forms when dissolved gases are forced out of solution and form vesicles as the lava decompresses as it reaches the surface. On Earth, most basalt magmas have formed by decompression melting of the mantle. Basalt commonly erupts on Io, the third largest moon of Jupiter, and has also formed on Earth’s Moon, Mars, Venus, and the asteroid Vesta. Source rocks for the partial melts probably include both peridotite and pyroxenite.

The crustal portions of oceanic tectonic plates are composed predominantly of basalt, produced from upwelling mantle below ocean ridges. The term basalt is at times applied to shallow intrusive rocks with a composition typical of basalt, but rocks of this composition with a phaneritic (coarse) groundmass are generally referred to as diabase (also called dolerite) or gabbro.

I was delighted with the granite worktop installed by Marble2Marvel. The whole project ran very smoothly from start to finish. I was given good advice about the type of worktop that would best suit my needs. All my queries were answered in detail.

John C

We are so pleased with our beautiful worktops. With Avi’s excellent advice and ideas and the fitting by the smiley team, Ian and Sean, the whole experience was very efficient and professional. Ian excelled himself with his planning, pattern matching and attention to detail. What a treat. Thank you.

Roger & Lindsay

We have been very pleased with the original information you gave to us on our first visit and since ordering our work tops from you , we again were pleased with timings from templating to fitting. The finished product is excellent and good value for money

Gary and Lynda Giles

Our experience with Marble 2 Marvel was extremely good. Avi advised us on suitable products and explained the pros and cons with various surface types. This helped us to choose a worktop that best suited our needs. The finish and the fit is remarkable. We were delighted. Very pleasant company with a professional touch. We will use them again.

Doug and Elaine Lambert

Stella, Avi and the team at Marble 2 Marvel are always my go-to for work surfaces on any project. They have produced many beautiful worktops for my customers. They are always a pleasure to work alongside and make the whole process easy from start to finish. Their team are professional, friendly and informative and the level of customer service I have always received is second to none

Ella

Thank you for organising our new worktop. We found your service from choosing our quartz to the actual fitting very efficient. We are delighted with the end result.

Sue and Paul

Stella, Avi and the team at Marble 2 Marvel are always my go-to for work surfaces on any project. They have produced many beautiful worktops for my customers. They are always a pleasure to work alongside and make the whole process easy from start to finish. Their team are professional, friendly and informative and the level of customer service I have always received is second to none.

Ella Miles-Peak

We are ABSOLUTELY thrilled with both our kitchen granite worktops and the utility room worktop. From our first visit to the workshop through to the fitting and beyond, the service I received, professionalism, interest and care has been exemplary. I cannot praise Marble2Marvel highly enough and wouldn’t hesitate in recommending them.

Angela Culley

I thought you were all wonderful and full of good cheer and humour. A pleasure to be a customer and the kitchen counter looks awesome!

Sian

Just to let you know how delighted we are with the beautiful granite worktops! The whole process of templating and installation was faultless and very professional. We’ll certainly recommend you to everybody

Charlotte

We are both delighted with our Lyra kitchen worktops, especially as you managed to produce all 4 pieces with no joins and the finish is superb. From templatting to installation took just 7 days and at all stages your people showed a professionalism second to none. We would recommend Marble 2 Marvel without hesitation.

Barry & Carol

I would like to thank you for fitting my granite worktop today. It all looks stunning, especially the shaped splash back over the induction hob. I would recommend your company for the service you provide from start to finish without any hesitation, thank you.

Jan Laker

Fabulous company, can’t recommend them highly enough. Everybody I came into contact with has been extremely polite and helpful from the people in the office, to the person who came to make the templates, through to the fitter. The granite counter tops are fabulous and it is clear that attention has been paid to detail. Everyone who has seen them has been impressed. I’d rate Marble2Marvel 12 out of 10!

Annie  O’Leary

Thank you to all at Marble 2 Marvel for our stunning granite worktops. From initial enquiry through to fitting and payment the service and product have been top quality

Mr & Mrs R – Catsfield

Marble 2 Marvel are the company to use….. Everyone …  Avi the owner, Vanessa, the fitters and  Ian ‘the amazing templating guy’ are extremely professional, so friendly and,most importantly, are perfectionists. We are absolutely  thrilled with our  stunning work surfaces and would,without doubt,recommend this company. We have had so many ‘wow’ comments already!! 

Liz & Mike 

 

I must say how impressed I was with your installation team. I understand it was a very complex situation and it took 5 operatives to finally get the stone in place! However it now looks fantastic and the whole kitchen has exceeded our expectations.

Mr O’Neill, Stone Cross.

 

We are very satisfied with the service and very happy with the result, we obviously made a good choice and we would certainly recommend you.

Mr Oaten, Sedlescombe.

We wish to put on record our appreciation of the way we have been served right from the initial viewing of the worktop choices through to the efficient installation and finish of the worktop that now graces our new kitchen.

Mr and Mrs Kadwill, Eastbourne.

I was really happy with the excellent service provided by Marble 2 Marvel when I recently purchased new work tops. Every detail mattered to them and because of that I am a completely satisfied customer. Many thanks to their team.

Mrs Sandaver, Hastings.

I thought I should let you know we are absolutely delighted with our new Silestone worktop. It looks spectacular and finishes our new kitchen off perfectly…

Review by Mrs Pont in Bexhil on Sea who purchased the Silestone worktop.