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a common mineral, barium sulfate, BaSO 4 , occurring in white, yellow, or colorless tabular crystals: the principal ore of barium.
Historical Examples

Germany is the world’s principal producer of barite and has large reserves of high grade.
The Economic Aspect of Geology C. K. Leith

Thus calc spar is a common name for calcite, heavy spar for barite, needle spar for aragonite, and so on.
Birds and Nature, Vol. 12 No. 2 [July 1902] Various

Witherite, the barium carbonate, is a much rarer mineral but is found with barite in some veins.
The Economic Aspect of Geology C. K. Leith

The gangue is mainly fine-grained quartz or jasperoid, and barite.
The Economic Aspect of Geology C. K. Leith

The principal deposits of barite are found in sedimentary rocks, and especially in limestones and dolomites.
The Economic Aspect of Geology C. K. Leith

(US & Canadian) a colourless or white mineral consisting of barium sulphate in orthorhombic crystalline form, occurring in sedimentary rocks and with sulphide ores: a source of barium. Formula: BaSO4 Also called barytes, heavy spar
A usually white, clear, or yellow orthorhombic mineral. Barite occurs as flattened blades or in a circular pattern of crystals that looks like a flower and, when colored red by iron stains, is called a desert rose. It is found in limestone, in clay-rich rocks, and in sandstones. Barite is used as a source of barium. Chemical formula: BaSO4.


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