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Colorado Barite, clear, milky white, blue and green
Denise
post Mar 16 2007, 02:43 PM
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Here is a picture of some Colorado Barite we found while researching for the rally.
Colorado has several locations for Barite. It comes in several colors from clear, milky white, blues and greens.
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post Mar 17 2007, 02:34 PM
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Here is a picture of some thats milky white. Its the flip side to the smaller specimen with blue barite on the lower center of the last picture.
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post Sep 2 2007, 01:12 PM
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A new stone for us to work in....very very soft material but wow!!! ohmy.gif

This is some of Colorado's barite we found.....and turned into this!
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A friend had done a few cabs from this material and had them on display at the BV show.
You can see why were motivated to try a piece or two ourselves.... wink.gif

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post Sep 3 2007, 06:40 AM
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cool cabs dan,ya would'nt think by looking at the rough that it would cab at all.i guess that you never know til ya try.jim
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post Sep 8 2007, 11:15 PM
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After reading this thread I think I may of found some barite and I never knew what it was. Is it found in the san juans; is it volcanic? Im no geologist and never know exactly what to look for, what is the host rock it is found on?
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post Sep 10 2007, 08:24 AM
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Thanks Jim .....may just have to do a couple more of em' happy.gif
Goes to show ya' tho...just never know what it's gonna' come out in the end! biggrin.gif

I'm no geologist either 4C but I think it is an after effect of volcanic activity, but occurs in clays found in the limestone beds.
The limestone is part of the Pennsylvania Maroon formation of the Permian age and is sedimentary.
Also found info that said calcium carbonate may encrust the surface.

While we did research online we did keep finding reference to the San Juan area but not any specifics as to locals with the barites......Hopefully you did find some though.....and more importantly, can find the deposit again. wink.gif

We would all love to see some pics of your San Juan barites 4C if you have any to post handy.

A couple other interesting tid bits........
Barite (contains the heavy metal Barium) is used both in paper and paint manufacturing. smile.gif

I'm no doctor either but I think they may have uses for barium in the medical fields as well.

If you leave the Hartsel barites out in the sun the ultraviolet rays will deepen the blue colors. cool.gif

Colorado has some really cool digs! Have I ever mentioned that? tongue.gif

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post Sep 10 2007, 09:27 PM
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I'll try and find some pieces, I bet the stuff I have is just quartz, but I'll post some photos if I can find this stuff. The pieces were above the treeline I think and I'm sure the area is volcanic, everything else makes sense too... just can't remember exactly what this stuff looked like. I found it just northeast of Silverton in the mine dumps, so I dont know what formation it came from.


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post Sep 23 2007, 10:15 AM
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Well, I have looked pretty hard and even cleaned out my shed but no Barite in sight. I think it must of been quartz, I found a large "pocket" of quartz in my shed, lol, and I think it was the stuff I thought was barite, darn!


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A Barite specimen that Crusty gifted me this summer. Not exactly sure where he got it but very nice! Thank you again Mike. happy.gif

Barite by GhostCreekMine, on Flickr

Barite 2.1 by GhostCreekMine, on Flickr


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post Nov 13 2015, 05:31 AM
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You're welcome!

Came from the private land dig in Hartsel. Fun day trip from the SPrings, great place to take kids to get them digging. Just gotta stop by the rock shop in town, pay $5 and they'll give you directions.



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Fancy in the Pantcy. smiley-clapping.gif


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post Jan 27 2016, 12:57 PM
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Trying to keep sane over the winter. Here are some Barite samples I found this week in NE Colorado. Still had to hike through about a mile of snow but if theres a will... These are hopefully leading me to a pocket big enough to hold fully developed crystals. A few of the small ones do have some gemmy qualities. cool.gif
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post Jan 27 2016, 03:05 PM
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Cool stuff!! Hope you find the good stuff!


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post Jan 31 2016, 11:00 AM
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Nice Barite find James! A little more room for crystals to form and that could be a big find!

I have finally found a little bit of blue Barite in the NE. We started to find it in what appears to be tube formations left behind by old root systems in the clay. Ian found a few hollow tubes of Calcite that had nice little blue Barite crystals on the colorless calcite. The tubes with all Barite are gemmy and blue in the center but do not clean up very well so far. Not much for good crystal formation in these tubes. Yesterday Dave and I found a thin 30ft long crack in the clay that was showing Barite along it. I dug at it for a hour or so before we left and found a tiny pocket space where the Barite tried to form some crystals which gives me hope that larger open areas may be under there with good crystal forms.

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Hate it when you get so close and then have to leave before you get to the good stuff. Hope it opens up on your next trip!


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