What is Basalt and how is it different and inferior to Cinderite?

Basalt is a dense, extrusive igneous rock that forms at or near the earth’s surface as a lava flow rich in iron and magnesium rapidly cools. Cinderite is a scoria, which can have a similar mineral composition of basalt, but contains many vesicles that form as gases escape the cooling lava flow or ejecta.

As a soil amendment, the scoria (Cinderite) is superior at retaining moisture and nutrients and releasing trace minerals.

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