Mineralpedia Details for Baryte
Still commonly spelled barite, although officially spelled Baryte, this mineral is named for the Greek words barys or baros, meaning “heavy” or “weight,” respectively, in reference to the mineral’s high specific gravity. Baryte is the most common barium mineral and can be found as a gangue mineral in hydrothermal veins, in residual weathered barite-bearing limestone deposits, as an accessory in igneous rocks, in carbonatites, and as a primary constituent of submarine volcanogenic massive sulfide deposits and sea-floor chimneys. There are thousands of localities for Baryte worldwide. Can be thermoluminescent, and may fluoresce and phosphoresce a cream color to various spectral colors under ultraviolet light.
Ref. Handbook of Mineralogy, Anthony et al (1995) and MSA at http://www.handbookofmineralogy.org/pdfs/baryte.pdf
- Crystal System
- Crystal Habit
- Tabular, Prismatic, Massive - Fibrous
- Perfect, Perfect, Imperfect
- Vitreous (Glassy)
- white, yellowish white, grayish white, brownish white, dark brown
- Orthorhombic - Dipyramidal
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Baryte from near Norman, Cleveland Co., Oklahoma, United States
This occurence is one of the more unique localities for the oddities of mineral world. Here barium mineralization penetrated the Permian Garber Sandstone along fractures sets and formed rose-like clusters of Baryte (Barite) crystals. Individual crystals form saucer shaped crystals with sand inclucions from the the Graber Sandstone. Individual crystals in this cluster are 1 to 2cm across. Trace Hematite imparts the red coloration. This specimen is from Dr. David London's collection, who wrote a thorough article on this occurence in the July/August 2008 issue of the Mineralogical Record.
This specimen was photographed for London't article on page 281, figure 8.
Baryte from Elk Creek, Meade Co., South Dakota, United States
An "American Classic", Barite from SOuth Dakota is some of the best in the world. Crystals on these specimens average 4 to 6cm along the c-axis.
Baryte from Black Cloud mine, Leadville, Lake Co., Colorado, United States
Tabular amber colored crystals to 2cm.
Baryte from Herja mine, Baia Mare, Maramures Co., Romania
The photos speak for themselves on this specimen. I liken it to a waterfall of blue baryte cascading over the edge. I can't imagine how this formed, other than under ideal conditions. The crystals are the most basic forms of Baryte which are tabular with slight elongations on the a or b axis with the sharp corner pointed parallel along the lines of formation but with a divergent habit. Look at the photo, you'll see what I mean. Incredible piece. No damage, sits nice with a light blue color with some frosted white areas.
Baryte from Rosiclare, Hardin Co., Illinois, United States
White, elongated tabular crystals of Baryte to 4cm in a nice divergent group. Excellent specimen. The terminastions are lustrous and smoth as opposed to the remainder of the crystal which is a frosted white. There is one broken off crystal, which technically is on the back side opposite of the display side.
Baryte from Clay Center, Ottawa Co., Ohio, United States
Tabular groups of Baryte deposited on the top of yellow Calcite.
Baryte from Juanita Mine, Socorro Co., New Mexico, United States
Tabular crystals as singles and fans to over 1cm.
Baryte from Indian Head Rock, Basin, Jefferson Co., Montana, United States
Yellow Baryte in tabular form with the largest crystal to 1.5cm. Good representative specimen.
Baryte from N'Chwaning mines, Kuruman, Northern Cape prov., South Africa
Colorless tabular crystals of Barite to 6mm with scattered reddish brown strands and bundles of Inesite.
Baryte from Tsumeb mine, Tsumeb, Namibia
Barytee is rare from Tsumeb, especially in nice golden crytsals such as this. The crystals are thick tabular to 15 x 7mm.
Baryte from Cavnic, Maramures Co., Romania
Light golden yellow tabular crystals, the largest to 2.5cm across.
Also white crystal groups of Baryte to 1cm
Baryte from Drieslar, Germany
White bladed Baryte crystals to 2cm with small 1-4mm Chalcopyrite crystals.
Baryte from Magma mine, Pinal Co., Arizona, United States
A very lustrous chocalate brown Baryte specimen with tabular crystals to 7mm.
Baryte from Baia Sprie, Maramures Co., Romania
A group of thin platy colorless to white Baryte.
Baryte from Quiruvilca mine, Santiago de Chuco prov., La Libertad dept., Peru
Bright orange clusters of Orpiment to 1cm amongst colorless, tabular Baryte.
Baryte from Linwood mine, Scott Co., Iowa, United States
Waterclear, well-formed amazing Baryte crystals with complex terminations to 1.3cm.
Baryte from Minerva #1 mine, Hardin Co., Illinois, United States
White to colorless clusters of stacked tabular crystals.
Baryte from Northumberland mine, Nye Co., Nevada, United States
This is a kind of cloudy grey thick tabular crystal. The largest crystal is 3.5cm.
Baryte from Book Cliffs, Mesa Co., Colorado, United States
This locality is famous for waterclear prismatic crystals such as these. This specimen shows excellent crystals to 2cm.
Baryte from Pöhla, Schwarzenberg dist., Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany
Golden prismatic crystals to 2cm.
Baryte from Hecla Rosebud mine, Pershing Co., Nevada, United States
A large white to murky light gray rhombic crystal of Baryte. This find was made sometime around 1998 and sometimes occured with Miargyrite and Pyrrhotite.
Baryte from Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramures Co., Romania
Tabular crystals to 1.5cm of Baryte with color zones.
Baryte from Lac St. Jean, Quebec, Canada
This is a big hunker of a Baryte crystal. It is a single, long tabular crystal with three prism faces beveling the sides and two pinacoidal faces closing the prism in the a and b axial directions. The c-axis is terminated by two pyramidal faces. One end is terminated the other is a broken end. Impressive and good for teaching or excersising your biceps.
Baryte from PAGA mine, Bartow Co., Georgia, United States
A large and heavy specimen of nicely crystallized blue Baryte with a tan outer coating on most crystals but not all. The are crystals (up to 3cm) are large and perfectly terminated showing excellent orthorhombic forms.
Baryte from Hysham, Treasure Co., Montana, United States
A golden amber colored prismatic terminated crystal from an unknown locality.
Baryte from McKnight mine, Montgomery Co., Arkansas, United States
A cabinet specimen from this obscur locality with 1-4mm golden tabular crystals across face.
Baryte from Grand Junction, Mesa Co., Colorado, United States
Waterclear prismatic crystal to 2.5cm.
Baryte from Magnet Cove, Hot Spring Co., Arkansas, United States
Colorless thin tabular crystals to 6mm. Locality specimen.