A large baryte crystal in baryte, showing the perfect cleavage.
|Mineral class||Sulphates : Baryte - celestine group|
|Habitus||Often as tabular crystals or leaflike aggregates, desertroses. Other crystal formes is cockscomb masses and fibric. Also as compact or grainy masses.|
|Cleavage||Perfectly prismatic, uneven fracture.|
|Color||Usually colorless, sometimes weakly colored in yellow, green, blue or red nuances.|
|Description||Easy to recognise on its weight.|
|Occurance||Forms in hydrothermal veins and around hot springs.|
|Associates||Quartz, galena, calcite, flourite, pyrite, dolomite, chalcopyrite, sphalerite.|
|Notes|| Insoluble in acids. Often shows yellow flourescense
in UV light.|
Fuses with difficulty, coloring the flame yellowish green.
|Locations|| Some localities where you can find baryte
exists in Sweden. |
| To sulphates index.
|| Mineral group index.
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