Barite is commonly found as crystals, sometimes in divergent groups of tabular crystals forming "crested barite." Also coarsely laminated; granular, earthy. It is found also as a replacement of limestone, which, when it weathers, leaves the barite in the form of fragments and nodules in a residual clay, and as a deposit in hot springs. In all cases it is believed to be a deposit from solutions.

Barite is a common mineral of wide distribution. It occurs usually as a gangue mineral in metallic veins, associated especially with ores of silver, lead, copper, cobalt, manganese and antimony. Sometimes in veins in limestone with calcite and celestite or in sandstone with copper ores. At times acts as a cement in sandstone. Deposited occasionally as a sinter by waters from hot springs. Notable localities for the occurrence of crystalline barite are in Westmorland, Cornwall, Cumberland, Derbyshire, and Surrey, England; Felsobanya and other localities, Hungary; in Saxony and Bohemia. In the United States at Cheshire, Connecticut; De Kalb, New York; Fort Wallace, New Mexico. Massive barite, occurring usually as veins, nests and irregular bodies in limestones, has been quarried in the United States in Nevada, Connecticut, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Missouri.

Identification and Diagnostics
The mineral barite is normally distinguished from the other sulphates by its high specific gravity and the color it imparts to the blowpipe flame. Barite is fusible at 4, giving yellowish green barium flame. After ignition gives an alkaline reaction on moistened test paper. Fused with sodium carbonate and charcoal dust gives a residue, which, when moistened, produces a dark stain of silver sulphide on a clean silver surface. Recognized by its white or other pale colors, high specific gravity, characteristic cleavage and crystals.

Industrial Uses of Barite
Barium is the only important ore of Barium, and considerable quantities of barite are mined.  More than 80% of the barite produced is used as drilling mud in oil and gas well drilling to help prevent "blow-outs". The white varieties of the mineral are ground and the powder is used in making paints. The mineral is also employed as a filler in the manufacture of paper, floor coverings, and cosmetics. Barite is also used in the manufacture of barium salts, the most important of which is the sulfate, which is employed in radiology for taking X-ray photographs.

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