Barite

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This mineral is most often white or colorless, but can form in an array of colors. It is prized among collectors for its various crystal forms and habits. Barite can be easily identified by its weightiness, as it is much heavier than most similar minerals.

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Barite Classification
Common Name Barite
Species Barite
Barite Optical Properties
Transparency Transparent - Opaque
Dispersion Strength: Weak Fire
Refractive Index 1.636-1.648
Tolerance:(+0.001/-0.002)
Birefringence 0.012
Optic Character Biaxial
Optic Sign Positive
Polariscope Reaction Doubly Refractive (DR)
Fluorescence SWUV: Variable
LWUV: Variable
Pleochroism None
Barite Characteristic Physical Properties
Hardness 3-3.5
Streak White
Specific Gravity 4.300-4.400 Range:0.100 Typical:4.500
Toughness Poor
Luster Vitreous
Stability Poor
Fracture Uneven
Cleavage Perfect, in two directions
Barite Chemistry & Crystallography
Chemical Name barium sulfate
Chemical Formula BaSO4
Crystal System Orthorhombic

Barite Colors

  • Blue Barite Blue
  • Yellow Barite Yellow
  • Colorless Barite Colorless
  • Brown Barite Brown

Alternate Names

Baryte, Heavyspar, Desert Rose

Countries of Origin

Canada; Romania; United States of America (the); Unknown; China; India; Spain; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)

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This page was created on June 27, 2014.

This page was last edited on October 24, 2019.