bar·​ite | \ ˈber-ˌīt How to pronounce barite (audio) \

Definition of barite

: barium sulfate occurring as a mineral

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Recent Examples on the Web The Astro Gallery of Gems on Fifth Avenue in New York attracts famous clients with its $30,000 pieces of barite and six-figure specimens of mesolite. Fortune, "Why people are turning to crystals and not diamonds," 31 May 2020 The attack was presumably retribution for Abarca’s vocal opposition to the planned expansion of Blackfire’s nearby barite mine. Popular Science, "Latin American environmentalists face unprecedented violence in defending their land," 30 Dec. 2019 High-temperature minerals such as barite and celestine appeared first. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "These human-size crystals formed in especially strange ways," 22 Oct. 2019 The oldest layer of crystals, which include the mineral barite (barium sulfate), formed at temperatures of about 100°C. Sid Perkins, Science | AAAS, "How the world’s largest geode grew to half the size of a small bedroom," 18 Oct. 2019 Researchers sampled barite, a mineral more than 2 billion years old, in subarctic Canada's Belcher Islands. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Almost all life on Earth was wiped out 2 billion years ago, a new study says," 4 Sep. 2019 The barite concentrate would be barged separately from Haines to a rail terminal in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, just south of Ketchikan. Author: Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Southeast Alaska metals prospect has major potential, developers say," 14 June 2019 From that, the mine would produce more than 1 billion pounds of zinc, 196 million pounds of copper, 18 million ounces of silver, 91,000 ounces of gold and nearly 2.9 million tonnes of barite, a common industrial mineral, according to Constantine. Author: Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Southeast Alaska metals prospect has major potential, developers say," 14 June 2019 Excavated from what was once a barite mine 250 miles from the capital Rabat, the fossils were sent for study to the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. Olivia Yasukawa And Tom Page, CNN, "Inside the lab rewriting the origins of humanity," 25 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of barite

1837, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for barite

Greek barytēs weight, from barys

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“Barite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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