|BARITE MINERAL FACTS|
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Barite Mineral Facts:
Colors: Colorless to white, and light shades of blue, yellow, red.
Density: 4.5 (which is heavy for a nonmetallic mineral).
Cleavage: Perfect cleavage parallel to base and prism faces.
Luster:. Vitreous luster; pearly at times on base. Transparent to opaque, and its streak is white.
Optics: (Refractive Index) =
a = 1.636; b
= 1.637; y = 1.648
Barite (yellow / orange) with Fluorite and Calcite
Barite is a common mineral of wide distribution. It occurs usually as a gangue mineral in metallic veins, associated especially with ores of silver, lead, copper, cobalt, manganese and antimony. Sometimes in veins in limestone with calcite and celestite or in sandstone with copper ores. At times acts as a cement in sandstone. Deposited occasionally as a sinter by waters from hot springs. Notable localities for the occurrence of crystalline barite are in Westmorland, Cornwall, Cumberland, Derbyshire, and Surrey, England; Felsobanya and other localities, Hungary; in Saxony and Bohemia. In the United States at Cheshire, Connecticut; De Kalb, New York; Fort Wallace, New Mexico. Massive barite, occurring usually as veins, nests and irregular bodies in limestones, has been quarried in the United States in Nevada, Connecticut, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Missouri.
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