The feldspathoids are a group of tectosilicate minerals which resemble feldspars but have a different structure and much lower silica content. They occur in rare and unusual types of igneous rocks, and are not found in rocks containing primary quartz. A notable exception where feldspathoids and quartz-bearing rocks are found together is the Red Hill Syenite
Foid, contraction of the term feldspathoid, is applied to any igneous rock containing up to 60% modal feldspathoid minerals. For example, a syenite with significant nepheline present can be termed a '(nepheline)-bearing syenite', or a '(nepheline)-syenite', with the term (nepheline) replaceable by any 'foid' mineral. Such terminology is used in the Streckeisen (QAPF) classification of igneous rocks.
- ^ Amethyst Galleries, Inc. "The Feldspathoid Group of Minerals" . Amethyst Galleries' Mineral Gallery. Retrieved 6 Jul 2015.
- ^ A Dictionary of Earth Sciences, Ailsa Allaby and Michael Allaby, Oxford University Press 1999
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