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BARITE SPECIMEN LOCALITIES

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Click picture to enlarge. Unless noted all specimens are from Bill & Diana Dameron’s barite suite

NEVADA

Douglas County, near Wellington, Boulder Hill mine
  Thick, equant, clear, four-sided tabular crystal, 1.8 cm, thin white rim, with smaller crystals, 3x2.5 cm. Minor iron staining in places. Collected by Harvey Gordon, 9/10/1982. Steve Rose specimen is 5x3.5x2.5 cm, collected early 80s.
   
Elko. Co., Meikle mine
  Gemmy thick (nearly 1 cm) clear golden crystals to 3.5 cm with small milky/clear calcite crystals, 7.5x6 cm. 12/00. Collected Also clearer tabular crystals to 4x4 cm in group (pictured R&M 74/6).
   
Elko Co., Dee mine
  Flattened light to dark amber crystals to 2.5 cm in cluster with microscopic pyrite inclusions, 7 cm (pictured MR 31/3). Also similar piece, more transparent crystals to 3 cm.
   
Elko Co., Murray mine
  "Sugar cube" (quartz coated) blocky barite crystals to 2 cm in 8 cm group (occur larger); similar 7 cm group with 3 cm crystals partially coated with quartz and partially not (lustrous barite faces). Also interesting flat, fairly clear thick tabular 3 cm crystal with tiny stibnite crystals on edges; hollow center of barite crystal has a tiny stibnite needle in it, all perched on blocky barite crystal with tiny stibnite crystals, 5.5 cm overall.
   
Elko Co., SSX mine (South Saval Extension)
  Clear pale golden crystals to 2 cm perched on sulfide matrix, 7.5 cm.
   
Eureka Co., Horse Canyon mine
  "Serrated" thick tabular crystal, quite glossy on one side, like spear point, 5.5x2.5 cm, some rough edges. Floater; olive/yellow to gray, translucent. With minor white calcite blebs. Collected by Harvey Gordon.
   
Eureka Co., Lynn district, Goldstrike Pit
  Transparent yellow blades to 1.5 cm on sparkling matrix, small stibnite crystals, 4 cm.
   
Humboldt Co., Sequoia pit, Lone Tree mine
  Clear to grey lustrous fairly thick tabular crystals to 1.6 cm on edge; backs coverd with drusy barite. 3.6x4 cm specimen.
   
Humboldt Co., Pinson mine
Balls of thickish blades, concrete-like texture, warm beige to sand color.
   
Humboldt Co., Twin Creeks mine
  Attractive milky/clear tabular blades to 3 cm, pronounced sawtooth edges, in group on orpiment crystals, 7.5 cm.
   
Mineral County, Queen Valley
Small (to 1.25 cm) white blades in groups. Gene Tribbey specimen.
   
Mineral County, Rawhide district, Regent mine
Lustrous tabular thin crystals to 2 cm with orpiment and other inclusions.
   
Nye County, Northumberland mine
  Classic locality. Fairly clear gray prismatic crystals to 2.5 cm in group, milky centers, 5 cm Also transparent gold prismatic crystals to 2.5 cm on matrix, 6 cm overall. Finally, very large gemmy crystal, gold, excellent luster, virtually damage free with similar, smaller parallel crystal behind it, smaller crystals growing out of both sides, capped by snow-white calcite blebs. 9x7x4.5 cm, collected 1987. Two doubly terminated thick tablular crystals to 5.5 cm, one atop the other; one termination clear, zones, the other covered with much smaller crystals. Clear/gray, markedly zoned, changing to yellow on one end. On the back are tiny barite crystals on black, and no point of attachment, anywhere. A floater.
   
Pershing County, Hecla Rosebud mine
 

Two blocky, porcelain-white tabular crystals, 1.5+cm each, 3 cm specimen. Milky white to gray equant crystal, 3.3x3.3 cm, showing prominent hummocks on front face, striations on side. With smaller crystal on drusy quartz crystals on greenish matrix, sprinkled with microscopic pyrite crystals, 7x4x4 cm overall.

   
White Pine County, Ward mine (Silver King mine)
 

Thick translucent zoned tabular crystals to 2 cm on edge in group. Gray with slight greenish tinge, zoning near rims cloudier than centers. In group, no matrix, minor pyrite on back. 4.5x5.5 cm overall, glossy. Collected about 2007.

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