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barite

[bair-ahyt, bar-] /ˈbɛər aɪt, ˈbær-/
noun
1.
a common mineral, barium sulfate, BaSO 4 , occurring in white, yellow, or colorless tabular crystals: the principal ore of barium.
Also, barytes.
Also called heavy spar.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; bar(ytes) + -ite1
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Examples from the web for barite
  • barite solubility is lowest in oxidized soils that are rich in sources of soluble sulfate such as gypsum.
  • Distal barite-fluorite veins consist of variable proportions of barite, fluorite, and manganese oxides.
  • Barium is obtained through the mining of crude barite ore, which contains mostly barium sulfate.
  • Information gathered on manganese, barite, and iron are not included in this report.
  • Abandoned barite and iron ore mines, prospects, and rock repository locations are plotted on the map.
British Dictionary definitions for barite

barite

/ˈbɛəraɪt/
noun
1.
(US & Canadian) a colourless or white mineral consisting of barium sulphate in orthorhombic crystalline form, occurring in sedimentary rocks and with sulphide ores: a source of barium. Formula: BaSO4 Also called barytes, heavy spar
Word Origin
C18: from bar(ium) + -ite1
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barite in Science
barite
  (bâr'īt)   
A usually white, clear, or yellow orthorhombic mineral. Barite occurs as flattened blades or in a circular pattern of crystals that looks like a flower and, when colored red by iron stains, is called a desert rose. It is found in limestone, in clay-rich rocks, and in sandstones. Barite is used as a source of barium. Chemical formula: BaSO4.
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