(also barytes /bəˈrʌɪtiːz/, barite)
A mineral consisting of barium sulphate, typically occurring as colourless prismatic crystals or thin white flakes.
- Veins of white barite occupy fractures in thin seams of coal.
- Also, white barite crystals stained red by hematite can be found in the walls of the old pit, and cryptomelane as matted fibers often occurs with manganite crystals in quartz veins.
- Golden barite crystals are well known from the locality.
Late 18th century (as barytes): from Greek barus 'heavy' + endings based on Greek -ites.
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