Barium sulfate, sometimes with small amounts of strontium
Colorless, white, yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, brown, blue, green, gray, and black. May also be multicolored and banded.
3 - 3.5
Baryte Ore largely occurs naturally in grey colour and this colour Baryte is used in Oil, Gas Drilling industries both onshore and offshore. The best quantity of Baryte in the world for the drilling industries is supplied from India.
White Barites. Barytes occurs naturally in white color in small quantities but commands a high premium in the market. We are supplying all grades of White Barytes in powder form as per buyers' specifications.
• Color is variable but is commonly found colorless or white, also blue, green, yellow and red shades.
• Luster is vitreous.
• Transparency crystals are transparent to translucent.
• Crystal System is orthorhombic; 2/m 2/m 2/m
• Crystal Habits include the bladed crystals that are dominated by two large pinacoid faces top and bottom and small prism faces forming a jutting angle on every side. There are many variations of these faces but the flattened blades and tabular crystals are the most common. If the pinacoid faces become diminished or are absent, the resulting prismatic crystal has a rhombic cross section. Also scaly, lamellar, and even fiberous.
• Cleavage is perfect in one direction, less so in another direction.
• Fracture is conchoidal.
• Hardness is 3 - 3.5
• Specific Gravity is approximately 4.5 heavy for translucent minerals
• Streak is white.
• Associated Minerals are numerous but significant associations have been with chalcopyrite, calcite, aragonite, sulfur, pyrite, quartz, vanadinite, cerussite and fluorite among many others.
• Other Characteristics: green color in flame test see above .
• Notable Occurrences include Oklahoma, Connecticut and Colorado, USA; England and Germany.
• Best Field Indicators are crystal habit, flame test and density.
Most barite produced is used as a weighting agent in drilling muds. ... Barite isused as a weighting filler in rubber to make anti-sail mudflaps for trucks. Barite is the primary ore of barium, which is used to make a wide variety of barium compounds. Some of these are used for x-ray shielding.