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Sanidine trachyte rock specimens, named for the sanidine feldspar found within the rock. Specimens are a pale brown colour, and highly crystalline. Specimens are supplied in a labelled card tray.
Sanidine trachyte is an igneous rock with an aphanitic to porphyritic texture. Chemically it is the volcanic equivalent of syenite. It contains up 65 % silica which rarely appears as quartz crystals. The dominant feldspar is sanidine (potassium feldspar). Trachyte can show a banded or streaky flow structure. The flow is picked out in thin section by aligned tabular phenocrysts & sanidine laths. The rock often contains minute irregular steam cavities which give specimens a rough texture & hence the name.