Today’s set of textures contains six really nice vintage basalt rock textures from rock formations by the mountain Hvalnesfjall in east part of Iceland, around 400km from the capital Reykjavik. It’s a beautiful area with the views of Vestrahorn near Höfn í Hornafirði on one side and the steep mountainside on the other side with the main road in between. It’s a lovely place to stop if you are driving the main road around the island.

Basalt is a dark-colored, fine-grained, igneous rock composed mainly of plagioclase and pyroxene minerals. It most commonly forms as an extrusive rock, such as a lava flow, but can also form in small intrusive bodies, such as an igneous dike or a thin sill. Basalt underlies more of Earth’s surface than any other rock type. Most areas within Earth’s ocean basins are underlain by basalt. Although basalt is much less common on continents, lava flows and flood basalts underlie several percent of Earth’s land surface. Basalt is a very important rock.
Source: Geology.com

I found these rock formations to be interesting because they look a lot like layered or sedimentary material, with small pieces of rock being loose or broken off. As both overlays and stand-alone backgrounds, I’m pretty sure that these textures will be great to add a little vintage feeling to your work.

As the year 2016 is coming to an end I would like to thank you for visiting Stockvault and downloading our free images and textures. 2017 is going to be a great year with lot’s of new freebies and designs. Happy New Year!

Free Vintage Basalt Rock Textures

Free Vintage Basalt Rock Textures

Free Vintage Basalt Rock Textures

Free Vintage Basalt Rock Textures

Free Vintage Basalt Rock Textures

Free Vintage Basalt Rock Textures

Free Vintage Basalt Rock Textures

Hvalnesfjall Mountain Side

Hvalnesfjall, Austfirðir, Iceland.

Here’s a photo I took of Hvalnesfjall. Click the photo to view the place on Google Maps.

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  • Your country is stunning! I followed the road that encircles the ‘island’ on Google maps and was just awestruck at the beauty! ‘Tis a mite bit frightening to realize it is a part of an oceanic volcano range and that this part is sticking up out of the water. The light greenish bodies of water, where the heat turns the water into warm pools, must be amazing to visit!
    It really reminds one of just how small we are in this magnificent rock we call earth.
    I see you have an endless supply of photo opportunities right there where you live. I’m envious! LOL
    I’ve had an interest in Geology since childhood as my brother did and we would go on our own ‘digs’ around here. We found sharks and skate teeth, as well as tiny horse bones from eons ago. I live in a university city in Florida. They have several dig sites we can visit.
    The peninsula sits atop layers of limestone. One could pour dye into one body of water and find it coming out miles away. Sinkholes are common due to the softness of lime. There is a place here called the Devil’s Milhopper which is an old sinkhole. My brother and I would ride our bikes there and hunt for anything we could find. I found a tooth from a prehistoric shark that was about an inch and half long. Oh, silly me! I could just go on!
    As usual, I sure do thank you for these Basalt images!
    Blessings in to the New Year, my friend!

    Su

    • Thanks Su, I appreciate all the comments. Yeah I feel lucky to have all this wonderful nature in my backyard. Already looking forward to the spring so I can go hunting for new textures to share. All the best, and a Happy New Year to you too!