Igneous rock
Sovite (Locality: Cove Creek, Arkansas. Specimen 7.5 cm)
Majority Calcite

Sovite (or sövite) is the coarse-grained variety (or facies) of carbonatite, an intrusive, igneous rock. The fine-grained variety of carbonatite is known as alvikite.[1] The two varieties are distinguished by minor and trace element compositions.[2] Sovite is often a medium-to-coarse-grained calcite rock with variable accessory amphibole, biotite, pyrite, pyrochlore and fluorite.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Kresten, Peter; Troll, Valentin R. (2018). "The Alnö Carbonatite Complex, Central Sweden". GeoGuide. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-90224-1. ISBN 978-3-319-90223-4. ISSN 2364-6497. S2CID 135266142.
  2. ^ M. J. Le Bas, Sovite and alvikite; two chemically distinct calciocarbonatites C1 and C2, South African Journal of Geology; June 1999; v. 102; no. 2; p. 109-121
  3. ^ Example from central African occurrence. A. R. Woolley, Alkaline Rocks and Carbonatites of the World: Africa, Geological Society of London (May 2001), p. 139 ISBN 1-86239-083-5