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Barite
Barite, (BaSO4) is a mineral consisting of barium sulfate. The Barite group consists of Barite, celestine, anglesite and anhydrite. Barite itself is generally white or colorless, and is the main source of barium. Barite and celestine form a solid solution (Ba,Sr)SO4.

The radiating form, sometimes referred to as Bologna Stone, attained some notoriety among alchemists for the phosphorescent specimens found in the 1600s near Bologna by Vincenzo Cascariolo.


CharacteristicsEdit

Barite occurs in a large number of depositional environments, and is deposited through a large number of processes including biogenic, hydrothermal, and evaporation, among others. Barite 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. It has also been identified in meteorites.

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