Minerals

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General Information

Baryte

Baryte is a barium sulfate and is one of the most important sources of the element barium. The name baryte comes from the Greek word 'barus', which means heavy.[1]

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Chemical & Physical Information

Trivial NameBaryte
Chemical NameBarium Sulfate
Chemical FormulaBaSO4
Density4,48 g·cm-3
Molar mass?
Hardness3-3,5
Crytal systemOrthorhombic
Unit cell?
Crystal habit?
FractureUneven
CleavagePerfect [210], imperfect [010]
ColourColourless
LusterGlass
StreakWhite
OpacityTransparent to opaque.
SafetySafe
ExtraPhosphorescent
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Photos

Baryte

(3 cm)

Baryte

(2 cm)

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Sources

[1] Wikipedia

[2] Specimen from my personal collection, photo taken by me.