Anning Barite Minerals In Canada. Barite on Fluorite - Weinrich Minerals. Barite on Fluorite. specimen number: 1258847. location: Rock Candy Mine, Grand Forks, British Columbia, Canada. description: Transparent tabular crystals of barite measuring to 1.5 cm in size over the top of a 9.0 x 6.0 x 3.0 cm green and purple crystallized fluorite matrix.
Commercial deposits of barite are classified as bedded, vein and cavity filling, and residual. Because barite is heavy, soft, chemically inert and relatively inexpensive, its largest use is as a weighing agent in oil and gas drilling muds.
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. Barite has the ability to block x-ray and gamma-ray emissions. Barite is used to make high-density concrete to block x-ray emissions in hospitals, power plants, and laboratories.
Major deposits in the United States have been found in Georgia, Missouri, Nevada and Tennessee. In Canada, the mineral has been mined in the Yukon Territory, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. In Mexico, barite deposits have been discovered in Hermosillo, Pueblo, Monterrey and Durango.
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