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  • I grabbed the glass hemisphere and dashed it against one of the basalt blocks.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Python’s tone was dry as basalt.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • His face was chiseled and bronze, his eyes black as basalt, his curly dark hair glistening with oil.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Boris had slid in cautiously behind me, hands in the pockets of his overcoat, leaving the front door wide open behind him, eyes on the big basalt urns, the chandelier.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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  • In the center of the pavilion was a long table of black basalt veined in white.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • The floor was amber marble with black basalt trim, a handsome reminder that this building had once been a palace.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Isabelle went forward and touched the black basalt table, her fingers skimming the surface.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • They reached the pavilion of the Speaking Stars, where the Brothers took their places behind their black basalt table.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • At Callyan they reached the junction of the branch line which descends towards south-eastern India by Kandallah and Pounah; and, passing Pauwell, they entered the defiles of the mountains, with their basalt bases, and their summits crowned with thick and verdant forests.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • They fought in the breakers, they fought in the sand, and they fought on the smooth-worn basalt rocks of the nurseries, for they were just as stupid and unaccommodating as men.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book

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  • I spotted him standing on a chunk of basalt.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Black caves dotted the towers, some natural, others clawed out of the basalt by talons as thick as Eragon’s leg.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Of course there are some more recent outcroppings,—sandstone showing through a shelf of Devonian basalt, and some vestiges of Mezozoic shale, but these are comparatively new— perhaps two or three hundred million years.
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • Still, the impression is that you are drawn through brilliant green meadows that run away on each side to the dark purple fir-woods; the basalt pinnacles; the immense forests.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • At one stage in the preparation of the mummy, the heart of the dead man was cut open and a basalt scarab in a gold setting, symbolic of the sun, was placed therein with the prayer: "My heart, my mother, my heart, my mother; my heart of transformations."
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • The twin breathing orifices on either cheek-if those fluted, basalt curves could be called cheeks-emitted the faintest of whistles as Karellen’s hypothetical lungs laboured in the thin air of Earth.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • For, frowning directly before him, like a huge and basalt headland above a troubled and angry sea, was the trial itself, with all that it implied—the fierce assault of Mason which he could only confront, for the most part, with the lies framed for him by Jephson and Belknap.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Half a cubic meter of basalt weighs about that much (more or less).
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • Like the others they had faced, this one wore a simple white tunic over skin as rough and dark as basalt.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • Very old, rising out of the ground on a pow-erful arm of basalt The boy stood before it, trembling back and forth.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • The guards marched Davos Seaworth across a bridge of black basalt and under an iron portcullis showing signs of rust.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • The wind had blown the ash from the ice and the ice was black and the creek looked like a path of basalt winding through the woods.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • Indeed, to a lively mind, a dead intellect is more abhorrent than basalt, which at least does not make any claims to life and thought.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Immense blocks of black basalt, each as large as a crofter’s cottage, lay scattered and tumbled like a child’s wooden blocks, half-sunk in the soft boggy soil.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • Basalt is a brown rock of igneous origin.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • The whole land seemed crushed under the weight of enormous stones—of trap, of basalt, of granite, of lava, and of all other volcanic substances.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Where once a mighty curtain wall had stood, only scattered stones remained, blocks of black basalt so large it must once have taken a hundred men to hoist them into place.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • Now it happens that fifty minutes away from Nauheim, by a good train, is the ancient city of M——, upon a great pinnacle of basalt, girt with a triple road running sideways up its shoulder like a scarf.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • Some banks of basalt, torn from their fastenings by the fury of the waves, lay scattered on the ground like the ruins of an ancient temple—ruins eternally young, over which the storms of ages swept without producing any perceptible effect!
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • At the base of the basalt monolith-which ascended from the forest floor like a mottled green pillar and stood a good hundred feet higher than the trees-Eragon murmured, "Halt," then slid to the ground.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • So she held herself at the far end of the basalt slab they were using for a table.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • It took us two hours to reach the summit of this half–crystal, half–basalt peak.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • But there was nothing: a jumble of basalt blocks, spools of copper wire, a half-inscribed hemisphere of glass that was probably destined to become one of Kilvin’s lamps….
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Eragon sighed and leaned his back against the rough basalt, looking at the sunset through his eyelashes.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Evidence of the dragons’ habitation was visible everywhere, from deep scratches in the basalt to puddles of melted rock to a number of dull, colorless scales caught in nooks, along with other detritus.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Rocks like basalt, remnants of former realities, which the Spirit has left so far behind that it refuses even to associate the notion of reality with them, persist in their dogged way; their very lumpish, dead continuance unfortunately prevents them in their inanity from realizing how inane they are.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
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