Baryte – Somerset
Baryte mineral specimens collected form Somerset in the UK, exhibiting a bladed crystal habit or massive form, the dense specimens are an off white, yellow or brown colour due to staining from hematite (iron ore), available in various sizes, ideal for educational use.
Baryte mineral specimens from Somerset in the UK, they exhibit a bladed crystal habit and are often in large size chunks. The specimens are dense, as expected of this mineral and vary in colour from white, to yellow to grey. Barite is a barium sulphate mineral, sometimes spelt barite, it has been extracted in UK for centuries often associated as a by-product of lead and iron ore mining (mining of the minerals galena and hematite). An unusually weighty mineral hence its old name 'heavy spar' derived from Greek. It is commonly used as a weighting agent in drilling fluids and muds to balance the hydrostatic column when drilling through over pressured formations to preventing blow outs. These specimens come from Somerset, UK. they are off white in colour or yellow to orange where staining by haematite has occurred, pieces are available in a range of sizes and come supplied in a card tray with an information label.