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Semptember 10, 2017 Weekly Geology Guest, Barite

September 15, 2017
Greetings from the Bluff Park Back Porch, way up yonder on Shades Mountain (1,109′) in Alabama:
 
 
For the next several weeks we will delve into Industrial Minerals, While they are not glamorous, they are terribly important to our modern way of life. 
 
 


Typical examples of industrial rocks and minerals are limestone, clays, sand, gravel, diatomite, kaolin, bentonite, silica, barite, gypsum, and talc. Some examples of applications for industrial minerals are construction, ceramics, paints, electronics, filtration, plastics, glass, detergents and paper.

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BARITE
BARYTE
 
“Baryte or barite (BaSO4) is a mineral consisting of barium sulfate.”
“Baryte occurs in a large number of depositional environments, and is deposited through a large number of processes including biogenic, hydrothermal, and evaporation, among others.[1] Baryte commonly occurs in lead-zinc veins in limestones, in hot spring deposits, and with hematite ore.”
“69–77% of baryte worldwide is used as a weighting agent for drilling fluids in oil and gas exploration to suppress high formation pressures and prevent blowouts.”
“Other uses are in added-value applications which include filler in paint and plastics, sound reduction in engine compartments, coat of automobile finishes for smoothness and corrosion resistance, friction products for automobiles and trucks, radiation-shielding cement, glass ceramics and medical applications (for example, a barium meal before a contrast CAT scan).”
Ref.  Wikipedia
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Baryte Locality: Cerro Warihuyn (Huarihuyn), Miraflores, Huamalies Province, Huanuco Department, Peru (Locality at mindat.org) Cluster of transparent almost colorless tabular barite crystals on matrix. Overall size: 56 mm x 53 mm. Major crystal: 22 mm wide, 3 mm thick. Weight: 74 g. No damage.  2011.  by Carlesmillan

Desert Rose.  Baryte.  Turkey.

Barite Crystal,  China.

https://phdminerals.com/barite73

Barite with Calcite.

https://www.dakotamatrix.com/products/1604/barite

 
 
barite - faceted
Barite Gemstones: South Dakota (4.7), Colorado (9.4, 9.1). Photo © Joel E. Arem, PhD, FGA. Used with permission.

https://www.gemsociety.org/article/barite-jewelry-gemstone-information/

>    Charlie!  did you ever mix any of these with your drilling mud?  R
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List of Industrial Minerals
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Editors Note:  It is the intent of this site to keep this discussion as simple as possible, so as to educate the interested general public and not to discuss with the geology crowd the latest geologic theories and nuances.  Thanks, R
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We will now start down the Industrial Mineral dusty trail and continue with Bentonite / Diatomite / Fuller’s earth.
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