Foidolite

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Foidolite (sodalitolite variety) from Namibia
Thin section of foidolite under polarizing microscope. In the foreground there is a large yellow sodium pyroxene grain surrounded by fine grains.

Foidolite ( /ˈfɔɪdəlt/) is a rare coarse-grained intrusive igneous rock with a feldspathoid mineral content greater than 60%. Crystals of alkali feldspar, plagioclase, biotite, amphibole, pyroxene, and/or olivine may be present within the rock. The volcanic equivalents are termed foidite and phonolitic or tephritic foidites.

Some foidolites are a potential source of aluminium.

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  • Foidolite (at University of Manitoba) - Retrieved 2009-05-15