Tectosilicate (framework silicate), feldspathoid
Specific gravity: 2.1 to 2.3
Hardness: 5 - 6
Colour: Blue, grey, white, colourless
Solubility: Moderately soluble in hydrochloric acid; slightly soluble in sulphuric acid
Plutonic igneous environments
Sodalite is a relatively rare primary rock-forming mineral, and sometimes a
secondary mineral, commonly found in
It never occurs together with quartz. It is also a product of volcanic
eruptions and it is sometimes found in
contact metamorphosed rocks.
It may be found in andesite, basalt, diorite, limestone, dolostone, gabbro, syenite and trachyte.
Sodalite is associated with nepheline, cancrinite and other feldspathoids.
Sodalite variety hackmanite from Greenland is associated with feldspar, arfvedsonite and eudialite.
albite and NaCl (aqueous) to sodalite and silica
6Na(AlSi3O8) + 2NaCl → 2Na4(Si3Al3)O12Cl + 12SiO2
nepheline and NaCl from the fluid to sodalite
6NaAlSiO4 + NaCl ⇌ 2Na4(Si3Al3)O12Cl
At the Igaliko Complex, South Greenland, sodalite is formed by replacement of nepheline, leading to a volume change which in turn causes a network of fractures. Deep blue fluorescent fluorite forms in these fractures, because the reaction of nepheline changing to sodalite reduces the salinity of the fluid, hence reducing the solubility of fluorite, so it precipitates.
Common impurities: Fe,Mn,K,Ca,H2O,S
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