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Barite is a mineral consisting of barium sulfate.
It is generally white or colorless, and is the main source of barium.
Mohs hardness: 3 - 3 1/2
Common uses today - Paint and paper manufacturing as well as petroleum products and drilling work.
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From Wikipedia -
"Baryte commonly occurs in lead-zinc veins in limestones,
in hot spring deposits, and with hematite ore.
It is often associated with the minerals anglesite and celestine
Baryte that is used as an aggregate in a "heavy" cement is crushed and screened to a uniform size.
Most baryte is ground to a small, uniform size before it is used as a filler or extender, an
addition to industrial products, or a weighting agent in petroleum well drilling mud.
Baryte is used in the manufacture of paints and paper. Although baryte contains a "heavy" metal (barium),
it is not considered to be a toxic chemical by most governments because of its extreme insolubility."
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