Barite/Baryte Mineral, Barium Chemistry
How did Barite get it's name? What color is it?
How did Barite get it's name? Barite got it's name from a Greek word meaning "heavy". Barite is usually colorless, white, pale blueish, yellow, grey, or brown.
What is Barite's hardness and specific gravity?
Barry's hardness is 3 - 3.5
His Specific Gravity is 4.3 - 5
How do we use Barite? (formula and texture)
We use Barite in drilling fluids, oil and gas, paint and plastic filler, medical applications and much, much more!
Empirical Formula: Ba (SO4) or (BASO4)
Usually, Barry/Barite is sandy, brittle, or rough.
Where is Barite found?
Barite is found in Brazil, Nigeria, Canada, Chile, China, India, Greece, Iran, Ireland, Benbulben, Liberia, Morocco, Peru, Romania, Turkey, South Africa, Thailand, United Kindom (UK), Cheshire, Connecticut, De Kalb, New York, New Mexico, Arkansas, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Nevada, Missouri, and finally Kazakhstan.
Why is Barite always mixed in with other rocks/minerals?
Have you ever noticed that Barite has many colors? Also, wherever it's mined, it always has another mineral with it! Why? Well, here's the story.......
Barry is known as a mineral, so he was really lonely at times. Usually, he wasn't in a rock, so he always stood around, waiting to get mined. Barry didn't want to wait that long. Although he had to stay realistic and in-reality, nobody would mind if he moved closer to his friend Hematite, the blood ore, right? So, he started to shift closer to his friend until he was right next to him. A while after, miners found the two rocks, and they seemed to be mixed into each other! All in all, that's how Barite is always found with other rocks/minerals, and mostly mixed with them!